Tag Archives: Recreation

The Place Value Economy: The Role of Outdoor Recreation in Creating Great Places

​This Community Builders webinar will explore the role of outdoor recreation as a tool for improving quality of life and local economies. Following an introduction to the findings in their Place Value study, which examines the relationships between community amenities and economic activity, a panel will discuss strategies for leveraging outdoor recreation for economic development at the state and local level. Register now... Read more

Outdoor Recreation and the Local Economy

Communities nationwide are seeking news ways to leverage their outdoor recreation amenities to stimulate and grow their local economies. In addition to their social, environmental, and physical benefits, trails, parks, and other natural features offer Main Streets myriad opportunities for new investment and sustainable economic growth. Join this Main Street America webinar how communities can realize the potential of their outdoor recreation amenities for economic development. Register now... Read more

$600K Awarded to Vermont Towns for Outdoor Recreation Projects

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation announced today that $600,000 is being awarded to Vermont municipalities for public outdoor recreation projects. The outdoor recreation grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program of the National Park Service. Read more... Read more

Recreational Trails Program 2017 Achievement Awards

The Coalition for Recreational Trails is accepting nominations for projects in the categories of construction and design; maintenance and rehabilitation; public-private partnerships and access to public lands; community linkage; education and communication; accessibility enhancement; multiple-use management and “corridor sharing”; use of youth conservation/service corps and community outreach; and engaging public-sector partners. Nominations due April 13. Learn more... Read more

Englewood Line Trail Could Create Recreation and Job Opportunities for Chicago Residents

Building on Daniel Burnham’s vision to create a network of interconnected parks, Chicago is looking to build more rail-to-trails like the Bloomindale Trail. One rail-to-trail in the works is the Englewood Line Nature Trail, a proposed two-mile elevated greenway located in the South Side community of the same name. Englewood is a predominately African-American neighborhood that was once home to a bustling commercial district. If the rail-to-trail were built, it could bring in more community investment and improve the quality-of-life... Read more

Is Everyone in on America’s ‘Best Idea’? The National Park Service Looks Inward

If you’ve ever explored a national park—especially one of the busier ones, like Yosemite or Yellowstone—you might have noticed all kinds of staff working to make your visit a good one: from the friendly face that greeted you at the entrance gate, to trail crews and firefighters, botanists and wildlife biologists. But there’s another part of the National Park Service that few visitors have heard of. It’s called the Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion, and though the name is... Read more

2016 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report

This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report documents how States use Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds, highlights program funding, administration, and the RTP Database; and illustrates eligible project types along with project examples. Read report... Read more

Webinar: Understanding the National Recreation Trails Program and National Water Trails System

Presenters will highlight the benefits and the value of National Recreation Trails Program and National Water Trails System designation, point out the criteria and requirements for designation, show you how to apply, and relate the experiences of a newly designated trail. Webinar will take place September 8 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST. Learn more and register... Read more
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