2009 RTP Achievement Awards

Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects


The members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails have selected the winners of the "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The award winners were recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2009 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building.

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Southwest Key Trail (Texas)

Accessibility Enhancement

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American YouthWorks corps clearing the trail corridor


In 2008, Environmental Corps members utilized RTP funds to construct a trail in East Austin consisting of road base and granite to allow access to wheelchairs, bicycles and pedestrians.

The trail is located on property owned by Southwest Key Programs, but will be open for use by the general public. Southwest Key is a national nonprofit organization providing transformative education, innovative safe shelters and alternatives to incarceration for over 6,000 youths each day.

The trail is located in an under-served residential area of Austin on land that was previously used as an illegal dumping ground. Trail features include limestone retaining walls, a concrete bridge and a portion of trail hardened with cement to withstand a high amount of water drainage.

Contact: Parc Smith, American YouthWorks Environmental Corps, 1901 E. Ben White Boulevard, Austin, TX 78741. Phone: 512-423-2887



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compacting the trail base

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Rock work and crushed rock trail surface













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