ADECA's Recreational Programs assist Alabama communities in promoting outdoor activities and encouraging healthy lifestyles through two federal grants, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Program.
The U. S. Department of Interior's Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides funding to Alabama cities and counties for the development or establishment of outdoor recreational areas. Projects include parks, playgrounds, forest and wildlife refuges, recreational lakes and ponds, outdoor playing fields and picnic and camping areas.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is funded by the U. S. Department of Transportation and provides funding assistance to federal agencies, states and local governments for the development and improvement of recreational areas such as walking, jogging, cycling, skating, backpacking, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle trails.
To be eligible for grant funding, the state must prepare plans. More information on that can be found on the "Outdoor Recreation Planning" page.
There are also a number of walking trails around the state that provide a family-friendly way to excercise, learn about various communities and have fun. Read more about the "Passport to Fitness" program.
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The Alabama Trails Commission has released a website to connect Alabama residents and visitors to the outstanding variety of recreational trails that our state has to offer. You can easily search for trails based upon use type and amenities, and it provides basic information about each trail as well as links to other websites, resources and groups. Once you select a trail, you can find locally owned outfitters, gear suppliers, lodging and campgrounds nearby, as well as directions for how to get to the trailhead.
The FY 2015 Recreational Trails Program application workshop will be held on June 30, 2015. Please see the memo below for details:
RTP Application Workshop memo
Maureen Neighbors (334) 242-5467
Equestrian Trails and Conservation Awareness (ETACA)
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Alabama Recreation Trails