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.
News / Announcements
The FY 2016 and FY 2017 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) application workshops will be held on November 15, 2016. Please see the memos below for details:
LWCF Application Workshop Announcement
RTP Application Workshop Announcement
The Alabama Trails Commission will be hosting the Alabama Recreational Trails Leadership Workshop on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The workshop will be held at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort, Alabama. Leaders of recreational trails user groups, planning agencies, and governments interested in recreational trails are encouraged to attend. The workshop agenda and a link to the workshop registration can be found below:
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.
Apply for Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program administered by the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service. See the website below for additional information.
Crystal Davis (334) 353-2630
Equestrian Trails and Conservation Awareness (ETACA)
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Alabama Recreation Trails