RTC’s Trail Assistance Program
RTC’s Northeast Regional Office manages a Trail Assistance Program that provides funding
to rail-trail projects in Pennsylvania. The program helps trail organizations or municipalities
that need to make targeted improvements to their trail. Work can frequently be done by
volunteers but often requires some financial assistance for the purchase of materials. And
for trails with active volunteer bases, a little funding boost can help make a huge impact.
Funded projects promote the use of the trail either through an increase in users or through
an increase in actual trail miles. Grant recipients must provide a 50-percent match. All
funding for the grants comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.
In 2011, we awarded financial assistance in the form of mini-grants
to the following projects:
West Penn Trail
Footbridge over a swale.
Asphalt surfacing and an interpretive kiosk.
Footbridges and knotweed treatment.
Contribution toward a .7-mile section of new construction.
Trail Ambassador Program
RTC received a grant from REI to support trail
ambassador programs in Cleveland, Ohio,
Washington, D.C., Hartford, Conn., and Los
Angeles, Calif. RTC worked with recipients in
each city to create stewardship programs or
to help sustain existing volunteer efforts that
contribute to trail maintenance and improve-
RTC’s Midwest Regional Office was instrumen-
tal in the 2011 Mid America Trails and Green-
ways Conference in Fort Wayne, Ind. Regional
Director Rhonda Romano served on the plan-
ning team for the event and also acted as a
moderator for conference sessions, including
a track on trails and sustainability. Manager
of Trail Development Eric Oberg presented
on trail count efforts in the Midwest and also
moderated several sessions.
During the conference, our Midwest Regional
Office was honored with a special award
recognizing its trail development work in the
state of Ohio. The award was a handmade
walking stick with symbolic adornments rep-
resenting the history of the people and places
surrounding Fort Wayne.
Metropolitan Grants Program
The Coca-Cola Foundation continued its
generous funding support of the Metropoli-
tan Grants Program in 2011. The foundation
has now committed a total of $500,000 to
RTC and urban trail-building communities
across the country.