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Grant funds will build trail in Dixon’s Mills

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.

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.