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Grant to pay for park trails

April 04, 2001

Grant to pay for park trails



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Washington County has received $37,798 to pay for a walking and biking trail at one park and horseback riding trails at a second park.

The walking and bicycling trail will be at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway and the horseback riding trail will be at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Md. 65 near Fairplay.

The trails will be installed this spring and should be ready for use this summer, said county Building, Grounds and Parks Director Jim Sterling.

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The money comes from the National Recreational Trails Act, administered through the State Highway Administration.

The grant was announced by Gov. Parris Glendening in a letter.

"Recreational trail projects, such as the one proposed by the Washington County Parks Department, provide our citizens with the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities in their own communities," Glendening said in the letter.

"This federal aid program, authorized as part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st century, serves as an excellent example of how federal, state and local governments can work together to improve the quality of life for our citizens," Glendening said.

The Snook park trail was improved last year to provide for walking and bicycling through most of the park. An additional four-tenths of a mile of pavement will link a remote section of the park with the existing trail.

The trail at the Ag Center has been a major part of the plans for future development of that site since its inception more than six years ago. Early versions of that park's concept plan show nine-tenths of a mile of trail around its perimeter, which would allow for horseback riding and hiking.

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