ANNAPOLIS—Two local government entities and a non-profit recently received a sum total of $100,000 in taxpayer funds from the Maryland State Highway Administration's (SHA) Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Across the state, the 2013 grants, totaling more than $1 million, were awarded to 11 counties, 12 municipalities and eight nonprofit associations to support a variety of projects involving construction of new trails, maintenance of existing trails, as well as equipment purchases.
The RTP provides grants that range from $5,000 to $64,000 for trail maintenance, construction and stewardship projects for all types of trails including bicycling, pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use), in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding and four-wheel driving.
The Town of Indian Head received $40,000.00 for the Indian Head Downtown Connector Trail.
Historic St. Mary's City received $30,000.00 for a Historic St. Mary's City Scenic Visitor Trail Vehicle.
Historic Sotterley, a Non Profit, received $30,000.00 for Nature Trails Access and Restoration of Sotterley Plantation.