Vermont giving municipalities and nonprofits $5 million for outside recreation tasks

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The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative, or VOREC, works to improve outdoor recreation statewide. “Vermont’s natural beauty combined with outdoor recreation gives us some of the ingredients we need to thrive in the tourism industry,” said Gov. Phil Scott R-Vermont. “And are one of the many reasons people visit and stay in Vermont.” The community grant program awards $5 million approved by Scott and the Legislature. In addition to the $300,000 already awarded since its inception in 2018. “These grants have connected pathways to downtown centers, developed new recreation facilities, and designed marketing materials to showcase it all,” Scott said. A panel of lawmakers, grantees and community partners spoke about the importance of outdoor recreation for all. “These opportunities give Vermonters and our visitors access to our world-class recitation resources,” said Mike Snyder, Commissioner Forest Parks and Recreation. “Regardless of income and for Vermonters interested in exploring more outdoor recreation.” The money will be used in a variety of ways, including trail construction, infrastructure, stewardship and marketing. At Sa. Johnsbury they will be establishing a bike lending library which will come with new ways to be accessible to local families and not just tourists. “It’s also important that we look after our own children, our local children, and try to give them the benefits of outdoor recreation as well,” said Joe Fox, director of recreation at St Johnsbury Academy old station, they will turn it into a recreation center right on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. “A place to rest, a place to fill your water bottle, a place to fix your bike, a place to decide on today’s discoveries, and a place to plan your next trip to Vermont,” said Michael Hogg, member of the Danville Train Station Committee. They hope this money can boost economic prosperity in communities that receive grants. “Healthy and safe communities are places of opportunity, they are places we want to live in and care for. They’re places that people want to visit and vacation in,” said Pinnacle Outdoor Group’s Hal Elms.

The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative, or VOREC, works to improve outdoor recreation statewide.

“Vermont’s natural beauty combined with outdoor recreation gives us some of the ingredients we need to thrive in the tourism industry,” said Gov. Phil Scott R-Vermont. “And is one of the many reasons people visit and settle in Vermont.”

The Community Grant Program awards $5 million approved by Scott and the Legislature. In addition to the $300,000 already awarded since its inception in 2018.

“These grants have connected hiking trails to downtown centers, developed new recreation facilities, and designed marketing materials to showcase it all,” Scott said.

A panel of lawmakers, grantees and community partners spoke about the importance of outdoor recreation for all.

“These opportunities give Vermonters and our visitors access to our world-class recitation resources,” said Mike Snyder, Commissioner Forest Parks and Recreation. “Regardless of income and for Vermonters interested in exploring more outdoor recreation.”

The money is used in a variety of ways, for building hiking trails, infrastructure, administration and marketing. At Sa. Johnsbury they will be establishing a bike lending library which will come with new ways to be accessible to local families and not just tourists.

“It’s also important that we look after our own children, our local children, and try to give them the benefits of outdoor recreation,” said Joe Fox, St Johnsbury Academy’s Recreational Director.

In Danville, at the old train station, they will turn it into a recreation center right on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.

“A place to rest, a place to fill your water bottle, a place to fix your bike, a place to decide on today’s discoveries, and a place to plan your next trip to Vermont,” said Michael Hogg, member of the Danville Train Station Committee.

They hope this money can boost economic prosperity in communities that receive grants.

“Healthy and safe communities are places of opportunity, they are places we want to live in and care for. They’re places that people want to visit and vacation in,” said Pinnacle Outdoor Group’s Hal Elms.