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Grant to help pay for upgrades to rail trail in Hancock

November 20, 2012

HANCOCK — Hancock will receive a $26,277 grant for improvements to the Western Maryland Rail Trail Corridor in town, according to an announcement last week from Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The work will include a shelter, benches and tables in the part of the corridor within town limits, Town Manage David Smith said Monday. The work could begin this spring, he said.

O’Malley on Friday announced more than $1 million in grants for the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program, a press release from the governor’s office said. The grants for 2013 went to 11 counties, 12 municipalities and eight nonprofit organizations.

“This will be a huge step toward finishing the rail trail corridor in the town,” said Smith, who noted that Hancock has received similar grants in the past.

Previous work included creating access from the rail trail to the entrance of Joseph Hancock Jr. Park and a parking lot serving both the park and rail trail, as well as decorative paving on Tamey Street, Smith said.

— Don Aines

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