Recreational Trails Program Awards:


2015 RTP Achievement Awards

Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects

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The 2015 "Annual Achievement Awards" are selected in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The awards ceremony hosted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails was held in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2015 at the U.S. House of Representatives offices. The awards are part of annual efforts by national trails and outdoor recreation organizations to promote the importance of RTP funding to States across America.


Awards for Outstanding State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee and Outstanding State Trail Program are chosen by members of the National Association of State Park Directors, which is particularly appropriate because, in most states, the state park agency administers the RTP. We greatly appreciate the assistance of both the NASPD’s Awards Committee, chaired by Kris Marek, Director of Oklahoma State Parks, and NASPD’s Executive Director Lewis Ledford.


Colorado’s State Recreational Trails Committee

Outstanding State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee


Colorado’s State Recreational Trails Committee consists of nine members appointed by the Parks and Wildlife Commission. The Committee oversees all of Colorado’s motorized and non-motorized trail grant application review processes— not just the RTP. It also coordinates trail development among local governments. The Committee is the Commission’s principal liaison with trail user groups in Colorado.

The Committee has fostered many partnerships, including formal agreements with federal, state and local agencies, nonprofits, and volunteer organizations, to promote trails recreation in Colorado. In addition, the Committee has made the funding of Colorado’s Youth Corps an important priority of the trails program.

At all Committee meetings— and they meet at least four times year— the public and trails interest groups are invited to attend and participate. Of all the trails project funding sources administered by the Commission and the Committee, RTP funds are considered to be among the most flexible in terms of their allocation and administration and, therefore, among the most valuable.

The CRT received a large number of letters from federal and local agencies as well as private-sector groups in support of the Colorado State Recreational Trails Committee. To quote from one particularly eloquent letter:

“Their tireless work to keep and maintain both non-motorized and motorized trails has been and will continue to be the envy of most Western States. From motorized trails on public lands to greenway trails they have excelled and confidently balanced the impossible task of keeping the varied and often combative trails groups on the same page. . . I know of no one more worthy.”


For more information:

Colorado State Parks trails program:

The Recreational Trails Program

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