(To Print this page, press the "Print" button on your browser. To return to the previous page, close this window.)

October 31, 2019
Gov. Ivey awards $2.58 million to enhance outdoor recreation in Alabama

MONTGOMERY— Alabama’s great outdoors is about to get even better thanks to grants totaling $2.58 million awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey. The funds will improve parks and recreational areas in seven Alabama cities and one state park.

Funds from the federal Recreational Trails Program will build new trails and improve existing ones and, in another case, will improve water access for boaters and recreational fishers.

“Our trails and parks are wonderful invitations for folks to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty and splendor of Alabama,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am delighted to award these grants, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of what our state has to offer in terms of recreation, nature and wonderful scenery.”

Gov. Ivey awarded the grants from funds made available to the state from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the program in Alabama.

“Trails promote recreation, family outings and help us learn about nature and the environment,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey and these recipients in making their communities better places to live.”

Below is a description of the grants awarded by Gov. Ivey:

City of Tuscaloosa - $400,000 to expand the trail at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater along the Black Warrior River toward the west end of Tuscaloosa.

Lakepoint State Park Resort (Eufaula) - $487,856 to construct a trail system for all-terrain and four-wheel vehicles, including an area for beginner riders.

City of Camden - $531,080 to construct new boat ramps, a dock and tie-down area at Bridgeport Park on Miller’s Ferry. The project includes demolition and removal of the existing ramps.

City of Dothan - $100,000 to improve the city’s Forever Wild Trail. The project will involve adding four miles of new trail and rehabilitate existing trail and trailhead at the facility off Flowers Chapel Road.

City of Slocomb - $48,096 to resurface the asphalt walking trail at Centennial Park and replace 12 lighting fixtures around the park’s perimeter with LED lighting.

City of Brewton - $419,318 to replace a 19-year-old wooden pedestrian bridge that connects several parks. The city will use more durable aluminum for the bridge decking and rails.

City of Foley - $198,915 to expand the Memorial Tree Trail in Graham Creek Nature Preserve by constructing 1,250 feet of boardwalk.

City of Gulf Shores - $400,000 to widen and improve 17,700 feet of trail along Alabama Highway 180 (Fort Morgan Road) from Callaway Road to Peninsula Boulevard.

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


Contact Jim Plott or Mike Presley

For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/