Gov. Bentley awards $200K in grants for Montgomery trails

Gov. Bentley awards $200K in grants for Montgomery trails

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Gov. Robert Bentley awarded $200,000 in grants, on Friday, for the construction of two new Montgomery trails.

A $100,000 grant was awarded to help create a trail at Lagoon Park connecting the park's ball fields and golf course with the playground, picnic pavilion and Pete Peterson Lodge. The new trail, which will be 4 miles long, will follow an abandoned road for most of its length and will be available for walking, biking, and other activities. The Friends of the Montgomery Clean City Commission will supplement the grant by matching funds of $43,400.

The city of Montgomery will use the other $100,000 grant to build a 1,760-foot-long nature trail along the Alabama River in downtown Montgomery. The new trail will be available for walking and biking, and will feature bridges over two ravines between Boat Ramp Park and Powder Magazine Park. Each park will have a trailhead, which will give access to the trail to walkers and bikers. The city of Montgomery will contribute matching funds of $20,000.

"Nature trails allow residents and visitors to experience a bit of the natural beauty of our communities," Bentley said. "These new trails will enhance these Montgomery parks and add new outdoor fitness opportunities for residents and visitors."

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program. ADECA administers a multitude of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resource management and recreation development.

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