Arizona State Parks approved grant funding for 29 trail related projects totaling $3,079,377. Funds will be used to improve the state of existing trails and trail facilities and also to develop new trail systems. These motorized and non- motorized projects are funded through the federal Recreational Trails Program and the State’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Fund.
Three volunteer advisory committees consisting of non-motorized trail experts, motorized recreation specialists, and outdoor recreation professionals reviewed and provided feedback on projects and recommended levels of funding. The Arizona State Parks Board approved final funding on July 20, 2016.
Projects that will be funded range from maintaining and enhancing current trails such as the non-motorized Maricopa Trail to developing 75+ miles of new OHV trails in Apache County. “As leaders of trails across the state, we are proud to be in the position of seeing these projects hit the ground,” says Executive Director Sue Black.
To find out more about the projects near you, check out the Arizona State Parks Grants website or contact Grants Coordinator, Mickey Rogers (602) 542-6942. Below is a list of the 29 project sponsors, the county they are located in, and the amount of funding received.