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

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Session 34: Rec Trails Tennessee (Richards)-PWPB

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