Northern Rhode Island picks up trail grants

Northern Rhode Island picks up trail grants

North Providence and Lincoln are big winners this week in the state’s distribution of recreational trail grants.

Awarded to North Providence is $100,000 for the town to construct a trail on recently acquired open space to connect recreational facilities at Governor Notte Park with woodland trails and a beach on the Camp Meehan property.

Lincoln benefits, too, because the project also creates a pedestrian link between conservation lands in the two towns.

The Rhode Island departments of environmental management and transportation, and the Rhode Island Trails Advisory Committee awarded 28 projects a total of $1,524,725 in recreational trail grants from federal transportation funds. The grants will support trail development and improvement projects, as well as trail construction and maintenance equipment.

The local trails grants draw upon federal funds made available under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The grants may be used to create new recreational trails, as well as restore and improve existing recreational trails, for both hikers and other trail users. The grants may also be used for trail construction and maintenance equipment such as tractors, lawnmowers, chainsaws, and brush cutters. The grants provide 80 percent of the cost, up to $100,000, for projects that promote and enhance trail based recreation.

Here’s a list of the remaining grants in northern Rhode Island:

• Blackstone River Watershed Council, $20,000, to purchase a work utility vehicle that will be shared by nonprofit organizations to maintain trails in the Blackstone River Watershed.

• Borders Farm Preservation, Foster, Perimeter Trail, $60,000, to develop a trail along the perimeter of the farm property that includes a trailhead area with parking and an informational kiosk.

• Burrillville’s Granite Mill Park, $75,000, to develop a trail head at the northern end of a trail system that connects the villages of Pascoag and Harrisville in Burrillville.

• Cumberland,$60,000, to construct trail improvements at the Monastery property.

• Glocester Land Trust, $20,000, to construct trail improvements on a newly acquired property.

• North Smithfield, $15,840, to create the Slatersville Heritage Trail.

• Pawtucket, $12,000, to purchase trail maintenance equipment including a chipper and leaf blower to maintain areas along the Blackstone Bikeway.

• Smithfield, $12,400, purchase a walk-behind tractor with a quick-change implement system to maintain trails at town-owned conservation areas.

- Marcia Green