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.

Posted on 2/2/14

In Other News...

CCCC Announces Mason's Resignation

CHRISTINA COUNTY, Ky. (5/4/15) — The Christian County Chamber of Commerce announces that President/CEO Marian Mason has… Read More

Lady Panthers Pummel Greenwood, 15-2

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (5/4/15) — The Daviess County Lady Panthers won convincingly on the road on Friday, defeating… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4121

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3458

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3314

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2869

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2774

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15431

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8454

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 03, 2015 1277

Two Injured During Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 972

Faith Baptist Hosts Family Fun Day

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 830

Teen Injured During Collision with Police Cruiser

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 624

Dave Says - May 3, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
May 02, 2015 619

Baptist Health Hosts Annual ‘Bike Safety Day’

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 560

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 02, 2015 531

Conquering the clutter: Cleanliness with kids is…

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 457

2015 Correctional Employees' Week Celebrated…

by Michael Caudill
May 03, 2015 456

Legislator's Log - Week of May 3, 2015

by Brent Yonts
May 03, 2015 403

Outdoor Truths – May 3, 2015

by Gary Miller