The federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Authorization provides funding for the RTP. Eligible applicants include cities, counties, districts, state agencies, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations with management responsibilities of public lands.
Eligible non-motorized projects include acquisition of easements and fee simple title to property for recreational trails and recreational trail corridors; and, development, or rehabilitation of trails, trailside, and trailhead facilities. The program requires a 12% match.
FHWA must approve project recommendations before California State Parks can execute grant contracts. Prior to forwarding these projects to FHWA, each must comply with the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966 (Section 106), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and be listed on the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP)
The list of recommended non-motorized RTP projects is:
1. Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway: Hirschdale to Floriston $2,017,200
Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District
Construct approximately 3.1 miles of new natural trail including retaining walls and a cantilevered catwalk in two phases along the Truckee River from Hirschdale to Floriston in Nevada County.
2. Scotts Flat Lake Trail, Phase II $468,000
Forest Trails Alliance Construct approximately 13.7 miles of new natural and gravel trail system including 2 miles of wider improved ADA trail and new timber bridges at the Scotts Flat Lake Recreation Area in Nevada County.
To learn more about the Recreational Trails Program, visit the website at www.parks.ca.gov/grants_RTP. For more information on the Office of Grants and Local Services, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/grants. You can also follow the Office of Grants and Local Services on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CAPARKGRANTS.