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Greenville Rec District asks for public's help in trail project grant approvals

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville County Recreation District is currently seeking $600,000 in Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants for seven trail projects located throughout Greenville County, and input from the public can help determine if the various plans get funded.

The proposed projects include, among other things, extending the Swamp Rabbit Trail to Slater-Marietta, expansion of the bike skills park at Gateway Park in Travelers Rest, and a multi-use trail at Pleasant Ridge County Park in Marietta that would include the first Barefoot sensory trail in North America.

A program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, the RTP provides funds to states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities. The 80/20 grant money, capped at a maximum of $100,000 per project, comes from the Federal Highway Trust Fund and represents a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use.

"The Recreational Trails Program grant has been an integral part in the success of trails in Greenville County," said Rec District Greenways Director Ty Houck.

Grant reviewers determine which of the projects proposed throughout the United Sates will win funding, and interest from the public is one of the factors taken into consideration. The Rec District's website has short, slideshow presentations on each of the proposed projects, and visitors to the site can view the images and then reply to the email address at the end of each presentation, demonstrating their interest and support to grant reviewers.

The level of response is a rating factor on who will be awarded the grants.

"The more people that view the presentations the better our chances of getting funding," Houck said.

The deadline to review and reply via-email to the virtual presentations – which can be found by clicking here – is April 10.

Related on the Tribune:

- Greenville Rec receives $500,000 for Swamp Rabbit Trail projects

- Travelers Rest gets off-road bike pump track, flow park


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