Thanks to support from Governor Lamont on the July 2021 Bond Commission Agenda, $3 million was allocated to support recreational trails and greenways projects statewide.
An amazing 59 project proposals requesting ~$20 million were submitted in response to the request for proposals in Fall, 2021, and in January, 2022 the full $3 million was granted to projects across the state.
“We are thankful for the Governor’s support for this critical program with so many people getting outdoors ,” said CFPA’s Executive Director, Eric Hammerling. “However, all of the funding for this important program is now committed to grants, and we hope the second year of support at $3 million in the Governor's Budget for FY 2022-2023 will be allocated 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/year for the Recreational Trails & Greenways Program 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 in 2021.
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.