The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $4 million in MassTrails Grants to 55 local trail projects throughout the Commonwealth. The grants will support the state’s vast network of trails with projects dedicated to the construction, maintenance, and improvements for a variety of public trails, including hiking trails, bikeways, and shared-use paths.
“Massachusetts has an extensive network of public trails connecting communities and regions while offering excellent recreational opportunities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By supporting local trail projects, our Administration is dedicated to building on that network and ensuring residents and visitors can hike, bike and run on safe, well-maintained and accessible trails.”
“Trails are important resources that improve our quality of life by providing great access to parks, reservations, forests, and other public properties throughout Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The MassTrails Grants Program serves as a critical funding source for our many local partners who are working to improve infrastructure, create new segments, and enhance existing trails for the public to enjoy.”
MassTrails Grants focus on the improvement of existing trails, the construction of new trails, and the maintenance of the statewide trail system. This year’s projects include:
- The installation of trail facilities and amenities and facility landscaping;
- The completion of trail design and engineering plans;
- The installation and maintenance of directional and interpretive trail signage;
- The development and creation of GIS mapping and trails guides;
- The purchasing of trail maintenance equipment; and,
- The upgrading of existing trails to accessible trail standards.
Concord was awarded a MassTrails Grant for $135,000 for the funding of a multi-model bridge over the Assabet River connecting the West Concord Village business district and the West Concord Commuter Rail Station to the largest employment center in town. The project closes a major first/last mile gap and expands potential trail connections in the community.
For the State’s full press release on the MassTrails Grant, please click here.