Through a competitive grant process, the Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) invests in organizations to build trails, trails, signage, river access and more across New Mexico.
On Monday it was announced that Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space will receive $ 19,300 in grants.
The award-winning Los Alamos County project will improve access for riders, mountain bikers and hikers to the Bayo Canyon Trail system from the North Mesa Stables Trail.
The project will broaden the path to equestrian trail standards that allow multiple users and provide better access for youth and adults with disabilities who participate in programs with the Gifted Horse and Pony Club programs from the nearby stables. The Bayo Canyon Trail system spans 7 miles of canyon floor and allows users to explore the geology, ancient history, and wildlife of the area.
The ORD manages this infrastructure program (formerly known as the Special Project and Outdoor Infrastructure Grant) to improve access to outdoor recreation while strengthening the state’s outdoor recreation economy, which accounted for 2.5 percent of GDP in 2019.
The grant funds conservation-oriented, shovel-ready projects that are open to the public and demonstrate clear community benefits, either by attracting and retaining businesses and residents and / or attracting visitors. Eligible projects include trail systems, trailheads, signage, outdoor classrooms, river access, and more.
Tribes and pueblos, parishes, counties, other political subunits of the state and non-profit organizations could apply. The grant required a 1: 1 match (in kind) from other funding sources. Funding is split between Tribal, Rural, Acequia / Land Grant, and urban communities.
That year, 25 organizations received a total of $ 506,736.17, with the projects raising an additional $ 1.628 million in matching funds. 64 percent of this year’s award-winning projects are in rural areas. That’s a 316 percent increase from 2020, when six organizations received just over $ 77,000 in funding. The growth of funds is due to the leadership of Governor Michelle. traced back Lujan Grisham and EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes and legislative support. Even so, ORD was still only able to finance 42 percent of the total demand.