The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has announced the recipients of supplemental funding for 2011 Recreational Trail Grants. The federally-supported, reimbursable grants were available for development and maintenance of recreational trails and facilities and acquisition of trail right-of-way. The awards go to the following projects:
• Juneau Trails Wayfinding Project: The City and Borough of Juneau has been awarded $36,680 toward constructing trailhead kiosks on 12 of Juneau’s most popular trails. The kiosks will serve as consistent landmarks, making it easy to find and access trails from the Juneau Road System. Maps and other signage will provide information on accessibility, trail etiquette, and interpretation.
• Treadwell Ditch Trail Rehabilitation: The CBJ has been awarded $44,704 in supplemental funding to restore four miles of the Treadwell Ditch Trail. This additional funding will also support a C-1 fill trail-capping project on the Gastineau Meadows Access trail, where the blasted-rock surface is damaging bike tires.
• Skaters Lake Trail, Phase II: The Metlakatla Indian Community has been awarded an additional $49,761 to supplement previous funding to resurface and extend the Skater’s Lake Trail, with assistance from volunteers with the Annette Islands School District School to Work Youth Program. The additional funding will also be used toward the long-term goals of lighting the entire length of trail and acquiring a utility terrain vehicle and a compactor, which will allow the community to maintain the site for years to come.