Gov. Ivey awards $2.58 million to enhance outdoor recreation in Alabama


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Governor Ivey awarded a $2.5 million grant to enhance outdoor recreation in Alabama.

The funds came from the federal recreational trails program which will build new trails and improving existing ones.

The grant applies to seven cities and one state park in Alabama. Dothan is one of the cities making the list receiving $100,000 which will improve Forever Wild Trail on the west side of town.

  • City of Tuscaloosa – $400,000 to expand the trail at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater along the Black Warrior River toward the west end of Tuscaloosa.
  • Lakepoint State Park Resort (Eufaula) – $487,856 to construct a trail system for all-terrain and four-wheel vehicles, including an area for beginner riders.
  • City of Camden – $531,080 to construct new boat ramps, a dock and tie-down area at Bridgeport Park on Miller’s Ferry. The project includes demolition and removal of the existing ramps.
  • City of Dothan – $100,000 to improve the city’s Forever Wild Trail. The project will involve adding four miles of new trail and rehabilitate existing trail and trailhead at the facility off Flowers Chapel Road.  
  • City of Slocomb – $48,096 to resurface the asphalt walking trail at Centennial Park and replace 12 lighting fixtures around the park’s perimeter with LED lighting.
  • City of Brewton – $419,318 to replace a 19-year-old wooden pedestrian bridge that connects several parks. The city will use more durable aluminum for the bridge decking and rails.
  • City of Foley – $198,915 to expand the Memorial Tree Trail in Graham Creek Nature Preserve by constructing 1,250 feet of boardwalk.

City of Gulf Shores – $400,000 to widen and improve 17,700 feet of trail along Alabama Highway 180 (Fort Morgan Road) from Callaway Road to Peninsula Boulevard. 

Assistant director of Dothan Leisure Services explains a breakdown of the four miles being added.

“The first two miles will emphasize hiking just as much as they do biking and the other two miles will emphasize an intermediate to experience mountain biking experience,” Kim Meeker said.

Meeker says the improvements will benefit local residents as well as out of town visitors. They hope to see the trail being built before the end of the year.

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