Grant funds will build trail in Dixon’s Mills

Published 5:52 pm Friday, January 13, 2012

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday the award of $729,507 in grants for the construction or improvement of 14 trail projects in Alabama, including the construction of a trail in Dixon’s Mills.

“Recreational trails offer many benefits to Alabama communities,” Bentley said. “They promote physical fitness, encourage family outings, increase tourism and are a source of pride for communities and those who use and help develop them. I believe these projects will encourage more Alabamians to take part in outdoor activities and enjoy the natural wonders of our state.”

More than $17,000 was allocated to the Southwest Alabama Economic Development Association to construct a 1,110-foot-long walking trail in the Dixon’s Mills. The solid surface track will be built adjacent to Highway 43 on property owned by the Dixon’s Mills Civic Club.

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The Recreational Trails Grant Program, part of the Federal Highway Administration, funds projects for walking and hiking, bicycling, boating and paddling, horseback riding and more. Local governments and non-profit groups are awarded grants through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and are required to supply local funding matches of at least 20 percent.