Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) today announced Gov. George Pataki has awarded an $82,644 grant to the town of Sweden that allows town officials to develop and maintain hiking and biking trails. The grant is a part of the federal Recreational Trails Program.
Sweden officials earlier applied for a permit from Monroe County to develop, maintain and use their hiking and biking trails. The grant will allow the town to grade and surface the trails so they are wheelchair-accessible.
"I applaud the governor for his continued commitment to preserving open space and making the areas accessible to all New Yorkers," Reilich said. "This grant will allow town officials to preserve the beauty and increase the usefulness of their hiking and biking trails."
The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation administers the federal matching grant program that provides funding to state and local governments, not-for-profit organizations, corporations and partnerships for the acquisition, development, construction and maintenance of trails and trail-related facilities. Funding for the grants is provided through the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and its Recreational Trails Program.