trails bicycleMADISONVILLE, Ky. (2/18/14) — Community Development Director for Madisonville, Daron Jordan, presented information about the Recreational Trails Project for Mahr Park at Hidden Hills Farm, at the public hearing Monday, Feb. 17 held at the City Council Chambers.

“The trail grant itself is administered through Kentucky Department for Local Government and the Federal Highway Administration,” said Jordan. “It is through the highway fund and is known as the Recreational Trails Program, which are funds that Madisonville has tapped into in previous years. So, it’s been a good program for us to utilize for recreational type activities.”

The Recreational Trails Program is a federal-aid assistance program to help states develop and maintain trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trails use.

The program provides recreational trail uses such as walking, jogging, bicycling/mountain biking, hiking, ATV, in-line skating, four-wheel driving, off-road motorcycling and equestrian uses.

“There is a minimum of $5,000 request and a maximum request of $100, 000,” said Jordan. “For this project the request does ask for a dollar for dollar match. So, it is a 50/50 cost share. The cost share is made up of either cash, force account, in-kind donations or a combination of the three. It is also a reimbursable project.”

The project's purpose is to create a trail system constructed at Mahr Park located at Hidden Hills Farm.

The trail system would consist of both nature and asphalt trails that will range in a total of five miles.

The asphalt portion will run 1.5 miles throughout the property and consist of a 10’ width for allowing biking, walking and hiking. This will also allow access for those with mobility issues and ADA accessible.

“The project itself will be a trail system to be constructed within Mahr Park at Hidden Hills Farm, that approximates five miles of trail,” said Jordan. “It will be a multi-use design aspect. A portion of the trail will be asphalt that will allow both able bodied and disabled individuals to use and the other portion will be nature trail mulch.”

The design for the nature portion of the trail system will encompass three and a half miles and a width of eight feet, depending on the topography. The trail will also be designed to have a low impact on the environment and allow hiking and walking in a more natural state.

“The out lay of the trail design and the land that the Mahr family has left the city allows us to utilize the topography,” said Jordan.

The grant application will be amounted to $275,000 with a $100,000 being requested in Recreational Trail Program funds and $175,000 from matching funds, force account and in-kind donations.

“The project is also a permanent trail easement or deed restriction,” said Jordan. “It must be recorded prior to receiving reimbursement, which is something new put into place by the Federal Highway Department. So, this project would have to stay a recreational type of project for this.”

When the Madisonville City Council convened after the public hearing, the council approved the grant application.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News Reporter

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Mustangs lose to Ohio County via shutout

Visiting Ohio County edged Muhlenberg County 2-0 in a 10th District softball game on Saturday. Read More

38th Annual Special Populations Fishing Tournament to be Held at Honker Lake

KENTUCKY (4/26/15) — Kentucky Lake Bass Club and the Knights of Columbus of Aurora will sponsor the 38th Annual Special… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 23, 2015 7673

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 4961

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4271

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 22, 2015 4023

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 22, 2015 3943

Madisonville Man Accused of Domestic Violence/Rape

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 12510

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8861

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 26, 2015 854

New Drug Helps Farmer with Parkinson's Return to…

by Laura Dawahare
April 26, 2015 445

White Plains Civil War Festival Provides Learning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 415

College of Education Alum's Studies, Experience…

by Amanda Nelson
April 26, 2015 392

Legislator's Log - Week of April 26, 2015

by Brent Yonts
April 26, 2015 364

Dave Says - April 26, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
April 26, 2015 342

Outdoor Truths - April 26, 2015

by Gary Miller
April 26, 2015 336

Mother's Day Buffet Planned at State Parks May 10

by Gil Lawson
April 26, 2015 324

Spring Lawn, Garden Fair Participants Learn from…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 254

Dawson Springs Mule, Draft Horse Days Come to a…

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 222

Mustangs lose to Ohio County via shutout

by Steve LeMaster