S.D. governor approves $1.3 million in trail funding

Publish Date: 
Jul 28, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program funding of about $1.3 million to several cities, state parks and the Black Hills National Forest.

The five-person RTP Advisory Council reviewed applications and made recommendations to Daugaard. The federal assistance program provides up to 80 percent reimbursement for trail-related development and maintenance projects.

The following cities were awarded grants for trail construction and upgrades: 

  • Aberdeen -- Moccasin Creek Recreational Trail, $89,000
  • Crooks -- Sunset Park Walking Path, $60,000
  • Deadwood -- Powerhouse Park Trail, $50,000
  • Fort Pierre -- Recreational Trail North, $64,444
  • Huron -- Memorial Park Trail Replacement, $70,000
  • Rapid City -- Skyline Wilderness Area Natural Surface Trail, $70,000

Additional grants were awarded for trail improvement projects at Custer State Park, George S. Mickelson Trail, North Point Recreation Area Trail, Spearfish Falls Trail, Black Hills Snowmobile Trail System, Oahe Downstream OHV Area and the Black Hills National Forest for Black Fox Trail Rehabilitation.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to award these grants to project sponsors around the state who have demonstrated a commitment to improving our communities, parks and recreation areas," Daugaard said. "Their efforts will be a benefit to South Dakota’s future generations."

The Recreational Trails Program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered in South Dakota by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use.

For more information on the program, contact Randy Kittle, grants coordinator, at 605-773-5490 or randy.kittle@state.sd.us.

From a press release