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Session 34: Rec Trails Tennessee (Richards)-PWPB
 

Session 34: Rec Trails Tennessee (Richards)-PWPB

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Federal funds for nonmotorized transportation and recreation. Recreational Trails Program, Robert Richards, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Federal funds for nonmotorized transportation and recreation. Recreational Trails Program, Robert Richards, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

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    Session 34: Rec Trails Tennessee (Richards)-PWPB Session 34: Rec Trails Tennessee (Richards)-PWPB Presentation Transcript

    • RTP in Tennessee PRO WALK PRO BIKE September 15, 2010 10/06/10
    • What is the RTP?
      • The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a Federal Highway Administration program funded through the federal gas taxes used by Off Highway Vehicles.
      • The RTP is administered in Tennessee by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Recreation Educational Service Division.
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    • RTP in Tennessee
      • For FY 2010, Tennessee received $1.56 million for the RTP program.
      • 7% for Administration
      • 5% for Education
      • Remaining funds 30% motorized
      • 30% Nonmotorized
      • 40% Diverse use
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    • RTP in Tennessee
      • RTP funds are used for both natural and hard surfaced trails located on publicly owned land. On road or sidewalk projects are NOT eligible .
      • Non profit organizations must be state chartered and have their IRS 501.c.3 status, also must have a written agreement in place with the agency for trail management.
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    • RTP in Tennessee
      • Tennessee is on a two year grant cycle.
      • For 2010, 51 grant applications were received requesting $5.1 million.
      • 28 grants were awarded for $1.9 million.
      • Grants were made to local, state and federal agencies and 4 non profits.
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    • RTP in Tennessee
      • For 2010, Tennessee awarded its first Diverse use, Motorized and Non-motorized trail grant.
      • Also funded the final phase of a bike/ped trail that will terminate at a light rail transit station.
      • Also partial funding of a 6.4 mile Rail-to-Trail project connecting two cities in SE Tennessee.
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    • RTP in Tennessee
      • The 2010 RTP application criteria:
      • Mandatory items:
      • Project summary,
      • Planning process,
      • Project environmental sustainability,
      • Management systems.
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    • RTP in Tennessee
      • Scoring Criteria:
      • Connections 0-30 points
      • Partnerships 0-20 points
      • Volunteerism 0-20 points
      • Diverse use 0-15 points
      • On site visit 0-15 points
      • Did have a Pre-Application process in 2009, which could provide 5 points and get the CE approved.
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    • RTP in Tennessee 10/06/10
    • RTP in Tennessee 10/06/10
    • RTP in Tennessee 10/06/10
    • RTP in Tennessee 10/06/10
    • RTP in Tennessee
      • Friends of Beaman Park received a RTP grant to build ADA accessible trails at this park.
      • All work is primarily being accomplished by volunteer labor and with Metro Parks staff.
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    • RTP in Tennessee 10/06/10
    • RTP in Tennessee 10/06/10
    • Other TN Funding Opportunities 10/06/10
      • Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF)
        • 50%/50% grant to match for cities and counties. TDEC administers this program on a 2 year grant cycle to local governments. Can fund land acquisition, park and recreation projects and greenway trail projects.
      • Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
        • Legislation is currently pending in Congress that would fund a state and local grant program to acquire and develop outdoor recreation areas and greenway trails.
    • For more resources, go to:
      • TDEC, Recreation Educational Services (RES) http://tn.gov/environment/recreation/grants
      • RES Greenways and Trails Program http://tn.gov/environment/recreation/greentrails.shtml
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    • For more Information
      • Contact Bob Richards
      • TN Greenways and Trails Program Coordinator
      • 615-532-0753
      • or [email_address]
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