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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Invests Over $300,000 to Support Community-Driven Efforts to Connect People and Places by Trail.

Trumbull County MetroParks Awarded $12,500 for the Western Reserve Greenway Phase 4 Project, a Part of the Great Lake to River Greenway

Trumbull County MetroParks is among the grantees included in today’s announcement by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), which shared that it has awarded a combined $308,500 in funding to 45 projects across 16 states. According to RTC, the grants are investments in community-led efforts to create more opportunities for people to connect with trails in their neighborhoods—either through activities and events or through improved, connected trail infrastructure.

Phase 4 of the Western Reserve Greenway; part of the larger four-county Great Ohio-Lake-To River Greenway, includes the construction of the final four-mile section of a ten-foot wide, multi-use, paved asphalt path in Trumbull County, Ohio.  The project completes Trumbull County’s section of the GOLTGRW within the region connecting the existing Warren Bikeway, which terminates at Burton Street, and the Niles Greenway, which terminates at the intersection of State Route 46 and Robbins Avenue.  Phase 4, once completed, will connect 79 miles of a continuous multi-use path located in Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties.  The final section of the Great Ohio Lake-To-River Greenway will eventually connect above mentioned routes to existing and planned routes in Columbiana County all the way to the Ohio River. All of these sections combined comprise the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway (GOLTRGW); the GOLTRGW currently consists of approximately 75 miles of paved bike trail.  Once all phases of the GOLTRGW are complete a total mileage will equal approximately 110 miles of a paved multi-use path across four counties connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River.

“This project invests in the quality of life for Trumbull County Residents and the same time helps strengthen the Outdoor Recreation Tourism offerings that drives money being spent at local businesses.” said Zachary Svette, Executive Director Trumbull County MetroParks.

RTC’s Trail Grant Program emphasizes strategic investments that support significant regional and community trail development goals—often providing funding for projects that are small in scope and scale and can be hard to finance within traditional funding streams. These projects are essential to building, maintaining and managing the trails that communities rely upon for recreation, transportation and economic vitality.

“At RTC, we believe that trails have the power to transform communities and create joyful, vibrant public spaces that are equitable and inclusive,” said Liz Thorstensen, RTC’s vice president of trail development. “These grants are intentional investments in the partners and people who are working on the ground—in their neighborhoods and in their states—to establish the programming and the infrastructure necessary to invite everyone living in a community to enjoy their trails. Our partners are leading the way to a future where trails connect everyone, everywhere.”

This round of RTC trail grants prioritized investment in RTC’s flagship initiatives, including RTC’s TrailNation™ initiative, which is designed to establish model trail networks across the country to prove what is possible when you equitably connect people and places by trail. Grants also fund those working to connect the Great American Rail-Trail™, the nation’s first entirely bikeable cross-country trail, which will one day link Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

Since 2008, RTC has distributed $2,373,320 in trail development grants. For a listing of all grant recipients, visit railstotrails.org/grants. To learn more about TrailNation, visit railstotrails.org/trailnation. To learn more about the Great American Rail-Trail, visit railstotrails.org/greatamericanrailtrail.

To learn more about Western Reserve Greenway Phase 4please visit:www.trumbullmetroparks.org.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than 1 million strong—dedicated to building a nation connected by trails, reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors. Connect with RTC at railstotrails.org and @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, contact Zachary Svette, Executive Director at 330-675-3072.

MEDIA CONTACT:                 Zachary Svette

Executive Director

Telephone: 330-675-3072                                                 Email:  www.trumbullmetroparks.org

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