Shelby County Awarded $350,000 Grant for Double Oak Park Trail Construction

Published: November 3, 2023

Christie Hester, Director of Development Services
205-620-6623
cpannell@shelbyal.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 2, 2023

Shelby County Awarded $350,000 Grant for Double Oak Park Trail Construction Shelby County, AL

The Shelby County Commission is proud to announce that Shelby County has been selected by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to participate in the Recreational Trails Program. As part of the program, Shelby County has been awarded a grant in the amount of $350,000.00 to construct approximately 12 miles of multi-use trails at Double Oak Park. The new trails will create connections to existing trails, promoting a stack loop system at the County’s most recent multi-use park. Participation in the Recreational Trails Program is part of Shelby County’s ongoing commitment to providing outdoor recreation opportunities that enhance quality of life for residents and provide unique outdoor offerings for visitors. The total trail building project is estimated at $571,429.00. The remaining $221,429.00 of this project will be paid by direct funds from the County’s Lodging Tax revenues and in-kind labor services from Shelby County. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to offer a unique outdoor experience with increased trail connectivity to the community in partnership with ADECA.” said Christie Hester, Director of Development Services.

About Double Oak Park

The newest addition to the patchwork of outdoor recreation opportunities in Shelby County, Double Oak Park has been open to the public since November 2022. The park currently has approximately 13 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian opportunities. With two overlooks and scenic views in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Double Oak Park is an impressive addition to the vibrant outdoor amenities offered in Shelby County. Learn more about the outdoors in Shelby County at www.discovershelby.com/outdoors.

About The Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) was created in 1998 and is funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The RTP provides grant assistance to State and Federal agencies and local units of government for the acquisition and/or development/improvement of recreational trails and trail related resources. Examples of eligible trail types include but are not limited to walking, jogging, cycling, skating, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, off-highway vehicle, and equestrian.

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