Governor Lamont included $3 million for DEEP’s Recreational Trails & Greenways Program on the July 2021 Bond Commission Agenda which received a unanimous favorable vote on July 23, 2021.
“We are thankful for the Governor’s support which comes at a critical time,” said CFPA’s Executive Director, Eric Hammerling. “All of the funding for this important program had been expended, so this infusion of support is essential to help meet the enormous public desire to use trails.”
According to the CT Trail Census at UConn, DEEP's visitor counts at State Parks, and numerous experiential accounts, trail use is up dramatically in Connecticut and has sustained high levels of usage since the height of the pandemic.
$3 million for the Recreational Trails & Greenways Programs enables Connecticut to continue its legacy as a leading investor supporting activities on over 2,000 miles of trails statewide.
Specifically, the Recreational Trails & Greenways Program gives matching grants that support projects such as:
- Planning, design, and construction of new trails.
- Maintenance, restoration, and extension of existing trails.
- Access to trails by persons with disabilities.
- Procurement of trail construction and maintenance equipment.
- Acquisition of land or easements for a trail, or for trail corridors.
- Education programs and tools to promote trail-related safety and environmental protection.
Go here or below for the letter from CFPA expressing thanks to Governor Lamont for his support of trails and including this important program on the Bond Commission agenda. CFPA encourages supporters of trails and outdoor recreation to extend their appreciation to the Governor for his strong support on this important issue for Connecticut's present and future.
If you have any questions or would like to get further involved with CFPA's public policy work, email CFPA’s Executive Director, Eric Hammerling via firstname.lastname@example.org.