Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects
Read more about nominating a project for the CRT Annual Achievements Awards
The Coalition for Recreational Trails sponsors the Annual Achievement Awards as part of the ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of the highly successful Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Outstanding projects funded by RTP are honored at the awards ceremony on Capitol Hill the first week in June during the annual celebration for the American Recreation Coalition’s Great Outdoors Week. Members of Congress will be encouraged to join us in honoring the achievements of their constituents. Awards are given in several categories:
With regard to the recognition of a state trail program and a trail advisory committee, nominations can be submitted for the program or committee itself, for an individual (for example, the State Trail Administrator or State Recreational Trail Advisory Committee Chair), or for a project (for example, a state trail plan or training program for grant applicants). Projects must be completed in order to receive an award.
presented every year for
outstanding representative RTP projects.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). See the RTP website for more information. Federal transportation funds benefit recreation by making funds available to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.
The Recreational Trails Program was first created in 1991 as part of the ground-breaking legislation known as ISTEA, and was expanded and reauthorized through the 2005 "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users'' (SAFETEA-LU). Read more about the current status of RTP funding on the American Trails website. The RTP returns a portion of federal gasoline taxes generated by non-highway motorized recreation to the states for trail-related purposes. Under current legislation, the program has received:
To date over 8,000 projects have been funded, creating and enhancing recreational trails for millions of trail enthusiasts across the country. A searchable database of projects funded by the RTP is available online at: www.funoutdoors.info/rtphome.html.
The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a national organization representing the nation's major trail interests, has been working since 1992 to build awareness and understanding of the RTP, to support its implementation and to help insure that it receives adequate funding. The awards are part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to promote and celebrate this highly successful program, which has greatly enhanced the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public. For more information about CRT and its members, go to: www.funoutdoors.com/coalitions/crt.