Lamoille County Wins Grant for Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Access Development – October 5, 2012

The Lamoille County Planning Commission (LCPC) has been awarded a $249,982 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission to support trail access for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) in Lamoille County. The grant will be used to construct trailheads in Cambridge, Johnson, Hyde Park, Morristown and Wolcott. The grant leverages a $5.2 million grant Senator Bernie Sanders previously secured for the construction of the 93-mile, four-season, multi-use trail across northern Vermont.

“This grant is critical to the Towns’ efforts to move people from the trail into communities. It will strengthen village-trail connections and bolster the County’s efforts to promote tourism and recreation as fundamental parts of our economy,” said LCPC Board Chair George Robson.

“This project reinforces our belief in Lamoille County’s dedication to the Rail Trail. The County has consistently demonstrated support and enthusiasm for the LVRT,” said Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Committee Vice Chair Clayton ‘Zeke’ Zucker.

“Several towns contacted LCPC about trail access projects,” said LCPC Executive Director Bonnie Waninger. “They agreed that a county-wide approach would deliver the most benefits and insure Lamoille County is ready to take full advantage of the Trail when it opens.”

LCPC is partnering with the Towns of Johnson, Morristown, and Wolcott, the Village and Town of Hyde Park, and the Cambridge Greenways Trail Committee on this project. The partners will own and manage their respective trailheads.

Vermont’s congressional delegation was influential in creating the border commission, which directly invests federal resources for economic development and job creation in economically distressed regions of northern New Hampshire, New York, Maine and Vermont. Last year, the commission awarded nine grants to the four states totaling $1.45 million, including $206,690 for projects in Vermont.

Eligible projects include those that develop regional infrastructure, support job creation and economic development, promote sustainable land use or develop renewable energy sources.

For more information about the project, contact Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director, at 802-888-4548 or bonnie@lcpcvt.org.

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