$975,000 planned for Meadow Mountain Trail

The Garrett County Republican

WASHINGTON — A federal spending measure currently under consideration contains $975,000 for a Garrett County trail project.

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the inclusion of over $7 million in direct federal funding for local projects across Western Maryland within the committee’s proposed annual funding legislation.

The bill would provide Garrett County with the funds to help complete the Meadow Mountain Trail, which is the portion of the Eastern Continental Divide Loop plan that runs from Deep Creek Lake State Park to Grantsville. The project is expected to provide safe paths through public land and increase tourism to Garrett County.

The Western Maryland projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from infrastructure improvements to economic development.

Overall, Van Hollen included over $62 million in federal money directly for Maryland within the Committee’s proposed legislation.

This legislation, released by the committee as part of the annual Congressional Appropriations process, will proceed to consideration before the full Senate.

“Securing federal investments for key local projects that support our communities is one of my top priorities,” Van Hollen said. “These initiatives will impact the everyday lives of countless Marylanders by modernizing our infrastructure, supporting small businesses, and improving public safety and crisis responses. I was proud to fight for these investments to support Western Maryland, and I will keep working to get this funding over the finish line in Congress.”

Regional funding announced by Van Hollen includes:

— More than $5.8 million in funding for infrastructure & economic development projects, including for the Maryland Tech Council’s support of Maryland’s Technology and Life Sciences Small Businesses, Frederick East Street Rails with Trails: Liberty Road Bridge Crossing, Garrett Trails’ Meadow Mountain Trail, the replacement of Boonsboro’s Drinking Water Reservoir, and Point of Rocks Significant/High Hazard Dam Decommissioning and Stream Restoration.

— $125,000 in funding for public safety for the Frederick police to implement a mobile crisis team.

— More than $1 million in funding to support community development, historical and cultural initiatives, including the purchase of 44 acres to expand the C&O Canal National Historical Park and the purchase of 17 acres to expand Monocacy National Battlefield.

ARC Awards $250K Grant To Meadow Mountain Trail Proj.

Jun. 7, 2012

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $250,000 grant to Garrett County for construction of the Meadow Mountain Trail (MMT), U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced last Thursday. The 10-mile, multi-user trail will build on the county’s efforts to expand its outdoor recreation industry, and is projected to have an economic impact of more than $3 million.

“Garrett County’s scenic treasures are also economic treasures, drawing thousands of tourists to Maryland each year to enjoy our state’s natural beauty,” said Cardin, trails/”greenways” advocate and member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “The Meadow Mountain Trail will further tourism and small business growth in Garrett County, creating new jobs and new economic opportunities for western Maryland.”


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ARC funds will be used by Garrett Trails, a nonprofit organization, to complete the MMT trail design, construct the trail, and improve two trailhead parking areas. The MMT is a key segment of the larger Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail, which will be a 150-mile recreational trail winding through the heart of Garrett County.

The MMT segment will begin near Grantsville and the Casselman River Bridge and end near Route 495 at the University of Maryland’s 4-H center.

The trail will traverse through public lands and will be accessible to outdoor enthusiasts for hiking, biking, backpacking, trail running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and educational study. Job creation and financial impact stem from hikers and bikers stopping for meals and purchasing gear at the many small businesses located near the trail, and staying the night in a nearby trail town.

“This grant is about supporting jobs in western Maryland,” Mikulski said. “It is a smart investment that will help grow Garrett County’s economy, making an investment that will draw in new visitors, jobs, and economic development to the region.”

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ARC fronts grant for 10-mile trail project in Garrett County

From Staff Reports Cumberland Times-News

— GRANTSVILLE — A new trail outside of Grantsville will become a reality using a $250,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant, according to U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.

The 10-mile Meadow Mountain Trail will build on Garrett County’s efforts to expand its outdoor recreation industry, and is projected to have an economic impact of more than $3 million, the senators said.

ARC funds will be used to complete the trail design, construct the trail and improve two trailhead parking areas. The MMT is a key segment of the larger Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail, which will be a 150-mile recreational trail winding through the heart of Garrett County.

The MMT segment will begin near Grantsville and the Casselman River Bridge and end near state Route 495 at the University of Maryland’s 4-H Center.

The trail will traverse through public lands and will be accessible to outdoor enthusiasts for hiking, biking, backpacking, trail running, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and educational study.

Job creation and financial impact stems from hikers and bikers stopping for meals and purchasing gear at the many small businesses located near the trail, and staying the night in a nearby trail town.

“Garrett County’s scenic treasures are also economic treasures, drawing thousands of tourists to Maryland each year to enjoy our state’s natural beauty,” said Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “The Meadow Mountain Trail will further tourism and small business growth in Garrett County, creating new jobs and new economic opportunities for Western Maryland.”

“This grant is about supporting jobs in Western Maryland,” Mikulski said. “It is a smart investment that will help grow Garrett County’s economy, making an investment that will draw in new visitors, jobs and economic development to the region.”

State sources will provide $316,000, and local sources will provide $48,550, bringing the total project funding to $614,550, the announcement said.

The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of the Appalachian region to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.

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