The grants will be used for such projects as creating new trails, improving trails, providing connections and purchasing equipment. Trail development plans must emphasize providing access for people with disabilities and minimizing environmental impact. State Parks administers the federal matching grant program providing funding to state and local governments, not-for-profit organizations, corporations, and partnerships for the maintenance, renovation, development, acquisition and construction of trails and trail-related facilities.
Funding is provided through the Federal Highway Administration's Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.
Madison County projects
The Chittenango Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, Inc. has been granted $113,600. The club will purchase snowmobile trail grooming equipment to develop and maintain multi-use trails in the Chittenango area.
Oneida County projects
The town of Kirkland $50,000 The Kirkland Fitness Trail Committee has formed a partnership with the Town of Kirkland to develop a recreational trail on the Chenango Canal Tow path and connecting it with an established trail in a neighboring community. T.C. Riders Snowmobile Club Inc. $162,800 T. C. Riders Snowmobile Club, Inc. of Camden will purchase trail grooming equipment to maintain 46 miles of public trails providing year-round access to more than 50 square miles of forested terrain in the Tug Hill Plateau.
Ontario County projects
The county has been granted $80,000. The four-fold purpose of the Finger Lakes Trail Spur at Grimes Glen County Park project is to improve accessibility and usability of the trail at Grimes Glen, while increasing the overall connectivity between trail resources in the region.