Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects
The members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) 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 8, 2010 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building, during the annual celebration for Great Outdoors Week.
Learn more about the Recreational Trails Program
Construction and Design
The bridge construction project
The Agassiz Recreational Trail is a rail corridor that was acquired and converted to a natural surface multi-use recreational trail. The Agassiz Recreational Trail runs 52 miles from Ulen, Minnesota in the south to Crookston, Minnesota in the north, and travels through Clay County, Norman County, and Polk County, as well as the cities of Ulen, Twin Valley, Gary, Fertile, and Crookston.
This natural surface trail is open for walking/hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ATV riding and is a stellar example of a trail accommodating multiple uses. The trail has several impressive river crossings and runs through beautiful rural farmland.
The local snowmobile and ATV club, the Fertile/Beltrami Sandhill SnoCruisers, partners with the Agassiz Recreational Trail (ART) Board to groom and maintain the trail. The ART Board is a collaboration of Clay, Norman, and Polk Counties. The creation of this trail, and the preservation of the corridor, were the result of a community initiative spearheaded by local club volunteers and trail advocates with the support of local and state officials.
Agassiz Recreational Trail logo in steel
The Agassiz Recreational Trail Board has been very successful in securing the needed funds to acquire and develop the recreational trail. Unfortunately, when the rail grade was abandoned by the railroad, many of the rail bridges were removed.
The ART Board, with the leadership of trail advocates, was able to acquire funding from State of Minnesota Bonding Funds, State Snowmobile and ATV Grant-in-Aid Funds, and matching Recreational Trail Program grants to complete the connections of this trail by constructing and refurbishing several bridges.
Contact: Gordy Gudvangen, Agassiz Recreational Trail Board and Norman County, 37622 105th Avenue SW, Fertile, MN 56540. Phone: 218-637-0289
The bridge in winter
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 Recreational Trails Program, to support its implementation and to help insure that it receives adequate funding. The Annual Achievement 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.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). See the FHWA 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.
See State by State list of all RTP Awards with links to individual award web pages