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 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.
Recreation and Conservation Programs will be accepting applications for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership grant through 12 Noon on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Please see the full announcement and application below:
The Alabama Trails Commission will be hosting the Alabama Recreational Trails Leadership Workshop on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Leaders of recreational trails user groups, planning agencies, and governments interested in recreational trails are encouraged to attend. The deadline to register for the event is May 6, 2016. Please see the workshop announcement below for additional information:
Alabama Recreational Trails Leadership Workshop
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