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Recreation and Conservation

ADECA's Recreational Programs assist Alabama communities in promoting outdoor activities and encouraging healthy lifestyles through two federal grants, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Program.

The U. S. Department of Interior's Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides funding to Alabama cities and counties for the development or establishment of outdoor recreational areas. Projects include parks, playgrounds, forest and wildlife refuges, recreational lakes and ponds, outdoor playing fields and picnic and camping areas.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is funded by the U. S. Department of Transportation and provides funding assistance to federal agencies, states and local governments for the development and improvement of recreational areas such as walking, jogging, cycling, skating, backpacking, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle trails.

To be eligible for grant funding, the state must prepare plans. More information on that can be found on the "Outdoor Recreation Planning" page.

There are also a number of walking trails around the state that provide a family-friendly way to excercise, learn about various communities and have fun. Read more about the "Passport to Fitness" program.


News / Announcements

Application Workshops

Recreation and Conservation Programs staff will be hosting Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Recreation Trails Program (RTP) application workshops on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Please see the memos below for details:

LWCF Application Workshop Announcement

RTP Application Workshop Announcement

Alabama State Collaborative Workshop on Walkable Communities

On June 16, 2017, leaders from organizations both public and private met in Montgomery to:

  1. Strengthen collaboration between partners
  2. Develop a shared understanding of the benefits of walkable communities, especially for disadvantaged populations and people with disabilities
  3. Learn about the funding process and hear from local officials about their walkability initiatives
  4. Provide feedback on the draft State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
  5. Commit to a collaborative action plan, moving forward.

For additional information, please see below:

Alabama Collaborative Workshop Presentation by Gary Toth

Alabama Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Presentation

Best Practices in Collaborating for Walkable Communities Presentation

Building Inclusive Healthy Communities

Montana Walkable Community Project Presentation

Walkability Audit – Mark Fenton

Vision Zero Network

Information about Metropolitan Planning Organizations Process

Safe Streets Academy Training Opportunity​


Other News

The Alabama Trails Commission and the UA Center for Economic Development will be hosting an Alabama Recreational Trails Leadership Workshop on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The workshop will be held at the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn, Alabama. Leaders of recreational trails user groups, planning agencies, and governments interested in recreational trails are encouraged to attend. The link to register can be found below:

The Alabama Trails Commission has released a website to connect Alabama residents and visitors to the outstanding variety of recreational trails that our state has to offer. You can easily search for trails based upon use type and amenities, and it provides basic information about each trail as well as links to other websites, resources and groups. Once you select a trail, you can find locally owned outfitters, gear suppliers, lodging and campgrounds nearby, as well as directions for how to get to the trailhead.



Apply for Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program administered by the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service.  See the website below for additional information.



Crystal Davis  (334) 353-2630

William Robbins (334) 242-5612

Shante’ Holley (334) 242-5382



American Trails

Equestrian Trails and Conservation Awareness (ETACA)

U.S. Soccer Foundation

Alabama Recreation Trails



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