News Release 220

City of Doniphan receives $98,000 federal grant for recreational trails

Volume 39-220 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 24, 2011 -- Sara Parker Pauley, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the department, announced today that trail users in the city of Doniphan will benefit from a new trail project, thanks to a $97,800 federal Recreational Trails Program grant.

The grant will help fund the creation of the Quick Creek Park Trail in Doniphan. The grant will be used to build a one-mile trail around the new ball field that will be part of a system that connects the high school, the Claude C. Greibe Memorial Park, Quick Creek Park, Riverfront Park and the downtown area.

"Trails are important to communities and the individuals who use them," said Sara Parker Pauley, director of the Department of Natural Resources. "The city of Doniphan’s trail project will help provide its residents and visitors with the opportunity to get outdoors and connect with nature while connecting and strengthening the community as a whole."

The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded grant program for trail-related land acquisition, development or restoration. In Missouri, Recreational Trails Program funds are administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.

The City of Doniphan is among 32 projects that were selected for grants based on recommendations from the Missouri Trails Advisory Board, which represents diverse trail interest groups. The grants were awarded based on the results of a competitive scoring process and the application’s suitability under funding provisions included in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). At least a 20 percent match is required by the applicant. A funding requirement targets 30 percent of the funding for motorized trails, 30 percent for non-motorized trails and 40 percent for diversified trail use.

"Many of these trails provide a way to explore scenic parts of Missouri as well as provide opportunities for healthy recreation. We are proud to be a part of this effort," said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks director.

For more information about the grant program, visit mostateparks.com.

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