Trails for Life Outdoor Recreation Grants Totaling $750,000 Awarded to 18 Arkansas Cities

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Trails for Life Outdoor Recreation Grants Totaling $750,000 Awarded to 18 Arkansas Cities For the Development of Health and Fitness Trails
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LITTLE ROCK -- Governor Mike Huckabee awarded $750,000 in Trails for Life outdoor recreation grants to 18 cities to assist in the development of local health and fitness trails in Arkansas during a ceremony at Murray Park in Little Rock on August 11. Also attending the ceremony were State Senator Tracy Steele of North Little Rock; State Senator Shane Broadway of Bryant; Dr. Fay Boozman, director, Arkansas Department of Health; Richard W. Davies, executive director, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT); Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts; and Bryan Kellar, director, Outdoor Recreation Grants Program of ADPT.

Act 1750 of 2001, sponsored by then State Representative Tracy Steele, created the Trails for Life Grant Program. This grant program is administered by the Outdoor Recreation Grants Program of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism through a partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health. It is financed by a portion of the Master Tobacco Settlement Fund.


According to Governor Huckabee, “The Trails for Life Grant Program fits perfectly with the Healthy Arkansas initiative and the Arkansas Department of Health’s Stamp Out Smoking (SOS) program.” He noted that each applicant is invited to appear before the Trails for Life Grants Advisory Committee, and is asked to explain how their community would make use of the trail if their project was selected.

The Trails for Life Grants Advisory Committee selects projects based on need, the number of potential at-risk users, and contributions the local sponsor would commit from local sources such as basic signage, trail benches and trail usage programs that would encourage use.

The recipients of the Trails for Life outdoor recreation grants are the following 18 cities:

1. City of Avoca (Benton County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

2. City of Camden (Ouachita County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

3. City of Forrest City (St. Francis County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

4. City of Green Forest (Carroll County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

5. City of Hampton (Calhoun County): $35,000 for a 1/4-mile Walking Trail

6. City of Keiser (Mississippi County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

7. City of McNab (Hempstead County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

8. City of Menifee (Conway County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

9. City of North Little Rock (Pulaski County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

10. City of Plainview (Yell County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

11. City of Quitman (Cleburne County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

12. City of Rector (Clay County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

13. City of Sparkman (Dallas County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

14. City of Tyronza (Poinsett County): $35,000 for a ¼-mile Walking Trail

15. City of Des Arc (Prairie County): $30,570 for a portion of the Riverfront Trail on the White River

16. City of Little Rock (Pulaski County): $113,300 for a portion of the Arkansas River Trail

17. City of Lonoke (Lonoke County): $42,200 for a portion of the Railroad Prairie Trail

18. City of Russellville (Pope County): $73,930 for a trail connecting the Russellville Soccer Complex and the Old Post Road Park

TRAILS FOR LIFE GRANTS TOTAL = $750,000

For more information, contact: Bryan Keller, director, Outdoor Recreation Grants Program, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. Phone: (501) 682-1301. E-mail: bryan.kellar@arkansas.gov.



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