Governor Ivey Awards $1.64 Million to Improve Out of doors Recreation in Alabama


Montgomery – Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday awarded nearly $1.64 million to improve outdoor recreational facilities in Alabama. Funds from the Federal Recreational Trails Program will be used to build, restore and improve trails in eight communities across the state.

“Alabama’s outdoor trails are a terrific invitation for individuals, groups, and families to get outside and enjoy our state’s natural beauty.” said Governor Ivey. “I’m proud to give these funds and create more opportunities for Alabamaans and visitors to recharge outdoors in our beautiful state.”

Governor Ivey awarded the grants from funds from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program. The awards are administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

“Trails and recreational facilities contribute so much to the quality of life in Alabama communities,” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell. “Seeing a well-maintained and well-used trail or other recreational facility tells everyone this is a community that takes pride in itself and its people. ADECA is pleased to partner with Governor Ivey in supporting these trail projects.”

Below is a description of the grants awarded by Governor Ivey:

Brundidge – $200,000 for the paving and lengthening of the trail at Ramage Park and the parking lot expansion.

Calhoun County Commission -US$300,000 to construct a trailhead campground with water, sewage and power connections at the former Fort McClellan military base in Anniston. The site offers approximately 20 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding.

Cleveland -$90,148 to build a trail, new gate and benches in the Cleveland Family Recreation and Wildlife Habitat area. The project includes the construction of a promenade across a pond.

Colbert County Commission – $244,952 to expand Alloys Park campground by adding 17 hookup campgrounds, a parking lot and sidewalks. The campground is located on the Tennessee River’s Wilson Lake Compound.

City of Cullman $300,000 for the construction of a partially-lit motorized golf cart trail at the Palomino RV Resort at Burrow-Hamilton Farm. Located off Cullman County Road 222 just west of Interstate 65, the 170-acre park offers recreational vehicles and other campers opportunities for fishing, paddling, swimming, pickleball and basketball, and more.

city ​​of Fayette -$210,000 to construct a ¼-mile, 10-foot-wide downtown multi-use trail along an abandoned railroad bed as part of the first phase of the 2.2-mile project. The trail stretches from the Fayette Railroad Depot to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Opelika -$210,000 to construct a multi-use trail along the banks of Pepperell Branch at Waverly Parkway and US Highway 280.

Slocomb -$88,032 for the construction of a 1.75-mile hiking and biking trail and parking lot south of McCullough Road.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim support programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.