2013 RTP Achievement Awards

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 in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2013 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building.

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Beaman Park Accessible and Interpretive Trail (Tennessee)

Accessibility Enhancement

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accessible boardwalk at Beaman Park


In 2009, the Friends of Beaman Park was awarded $85,000 from the Federal Highways Administration Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for a trails project specified in the Beaman Park Nature Center master plan.

The project was to construct a paved, handicap accessible trail and boardwalk at the Beaman Park Nature Center in Davidson County, Tennessee. The grant required a 20% match, which the group was grateful to receive through an additional grant from the Memorial Foundation of Hendersonville.

Specifically, the project included: construction of a 500-foot paved accessible walking trail with trail signage; construction of a 300-foot accessible boardwalk and interpretive trail with signage; and construction of a 300-foot accessible firm-surface and interpretive trail with signage.

The project improved the connection between the park’s new nature center and the existing trail system and was completed in 2012.

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Volunteers working on the project


The Friends of Beaman Park provided grant administration and served as the general contractor on the project. The group committed to provide volunteer labor for as much of the project as possible, further stretching the benefit and value that the project provided to our community. Most expenditures were for the purchase of construction materials and supplies. The group estimates that over 1,500 hours of volunteer labor, valued at over $25,000, were used to complete the project.

Volunteers included:

• Nashville Hiking Meetup
• Tennessee Trails Association
• Vanderbilt Outdoor Recreation Program
• Vanderbilt Sierra Club
• Vanderbilt Civil Engineering Society
• Vanderbilt SAE Fraternity
• Davidson County Sheriff's Department Inmate Labor Crew
• Hands on Nashville
• Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church Youth Group (Rockford, MI)
• Two Eagle Scout Projects
• Marrowbone Preservation Society
• Beaman Park to Bells Bend Conservation Community
• National Trails Day Volunteers


For more information:

Nancy Dorman, Friends of Beaman Park, P.O. Box 188, Joelton, TN 37080. Phone: (615) 202-5891 - http://www.beamanpark.org/


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