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DEEP Announces $3 Million in Trail Grants For 20 Projects Across the State

Funding Will Support Projects That Enhance and Improve CT’s Multiuse Trails

(HARTFORD)—Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that it has awarded $3 million in grant funding through its Recreational Trails Grant Program for twenty projects to plan and design, build, expand, or enhance and improve multi-use trails across the state. 

The funding for these grants was allocated by the State Bond Commission in July 2021.

“I am thrilled to announce funding for these 20 projects, which will improve and expand recreational trails around our state,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said.  “As we learned during the pandemic, 2020 brought huge numbers of people out to our state parks, forests, and trails, both long-time and new nature lovers, to access the mental and physical benefits of being in the outdoors. The public continued to utilize the state’s natural resources to their fullest in 2021, so these projects are incredibly timely and will improve our state’s incredible trail system, which benefits our residents and our state’s outdoor economy, and makes our state such an attractive place to live. My thanks to Gov. Lamont and the State Bond Commission for supporting these important investments in our trails.”

The CT Greenways Council (CGC) (Per CGS Section 23-103 as amended by Public Act No. 15-190) assisted DEEP with an incredibly difficult grant selection process for this funding. DEEP received 65 applications which includes 6 from CT State Parks for a total of $22 million dollars requested for these funds. Requests from the highly ranked proposals alone totaled over $7 million dollars.   

Funds received through this program may be used for locally supported trails and trail systems, bikeways and multiuse paths.  Grant money can be allocated for a wide variety of purposes, including planning, design, land acquisition, construction, construction administration, and publications for bikeways, walkways, and greenways as well as for equipment and trail amenities, such as parking lots, toilet buildings, signs, and benches.  

DEEP envisions most projects being completed by 2024. 

Following is a list of the projects receiving grants under DEEP’s Recreational Trails Grant program: 


Project Title


Grant Award


Nathan Hale Greenway Trail Development

Planning/Design, Construction, Education, Amenities



Thompson CT - More Than Just a Train Wreck!




City of Danbury Trail Routing Planning Study

Planning/Design, Education, Outreach



Windham Air Line Trail Enhancement

Maintenance, Amenities



Tri-Town Trail Phase 2

planning/design, construction, amenities


Kent Land Trust

Kent-Warren LT Partnership

planning/design, construction, equipment, Amenities, outreach



Extension of Farmington River Rail Trail, East




Hartford to Wethersfield Multimodal Trail Routing Study




Vernon Rails-to-Trails and the Hockanum River Trail

Construction, Maintenance



River Trail -EBarber to Windsor Center



University of Connecticut

Trails and Active Living Programs

Education, Outreach


Goodwin University

Goodwin University Trails Expansion-Phase V

Planning/Design, construction


CT Forest & Park Association, Inc.

CT Blue Blazed Hiking Trails, Trails Day

Including30th CT Trails Day, trail maintenance crews, Mansfield- Nipmuck Trail/ Elementary School Connection


Dinosaur State Park (SP)

Replacement of Boardwalk


Kent Falls SP

Kent Falls Trail Repair


Larkin SP Trail

Provide repairs identified in cooperation with the CT Horse Council


Nehantic State Forest (SF)

Goodwin/Eight-mile River Watershed Trail Repairs


Pachaug SF

Pachaug Mountain Bike Trails- Phase1Design


Friends of Pachaug SF

Lawrence Road Prescribed Fire / First Succession Forest Interpretive Trail -will highlight special aspects of successional plant and wildlife changes as the forest once again matures.


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