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Press Release Commonwealth Awarded $685,133 in Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants for Four Trail Projects

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Media Contact for Commonwealth Awarded $685,133 in Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants for Four Trail Projects

Katie Gronendyke

BOSTONThe Baker-Polito Administration today announced $685,133 in grant awards for four trail-related projects funded through the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Program. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) administers the grants for Massachusetts on behalf of the National Park Service. 

“Support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important tool as the Baker-Polito Administration works to expand the network of trails across the state,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “We are proud to be able to partner with four Massachusetts communities to fund their priority trail projects and provide residents more opportunities to enjoy healthy, recreational activity outdoors.”

The LWCF was created in 1965 through an act of Congress. It is funded through off-shore oil leases and provides grants to states, as well as the federal government, for projects that protect open spaces, construct or renovate parks, and build trails. The Commonwealth’s parks and open spaces received more than $100 million through the program since its inception in 1965. 

Massachusetts maintains eligibility for the program by completing a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years. The projects selected for funding must implement the findings of the plan and all applicants must have an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan to be eligible for funding. In the most recent SCORP, trails were among the most highly sought after recreational amenities.

The Fiscal Year 2019 LWCF grant awardees are:






Rocky Hill Greenway Trail

The Rocky Hill Greenway Trail will be a 0.75-mile non-motorized trail providing access through the City’s most ecologically varied conservation area, the Burts Bog Greenway.  The trail will be near the City's only bog, five certified vernal pools, and turtle habitat.  The accessible trail will serve all non-motorized uses.



Ruth Elizabeth Park Connector Trail

The Ruth Elizabeth Park Connector Trail will originate at Ruth Elizabeth Park where a trailhead, trail map, an accessible perimeter walking path, and parking will be provided.  The trail will connect to Harriet Tubman, Donna Blake, Barrows, Gerrish, Johnny Appleseed, and Forest Parks.



Camp Kiwanis Girl Scout Property

The Camp Kiwanis Girl Scout Camp renovation project will add signage and a formal parking area, restore existing trails, and remove existing structures.



Hadwen Park Tetasset Hill Trail Improvements

The Tetasset Hills Trail network will be renovated and will include a fully accessible section, specifically for non-motorized vehicles, within Hadwen Park that also connects to multiple other facilities. 


“For over four decades, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect parks and open spaces throughout our country. I’m proud to be a champion of this important program in Congress, and all the work it does to help cities and towns leverage federal dollars to spur investment in vital conservation projects,” said Congressman Jim McGovern. “The improvements at Hadwen Park in Worcester and the Rocky Hill Greenway Trail in Northampton demonstrate the rich diversity of projects funded through the LWCF. I congratulate the cities of Worcester and Northampton and the Baker-Polito Administration for their work to make these upgrades possible. This is a smart investment in our state and I look forward to seeing these federal dollars in action.”

“Trail renovations at Hadwen Park will further enhance what is already one of the most serene hiking areas in our city. The inclusion of a fully accessible section will also ensure that all of Worcester’s residents can enjoy this amenity,” said Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr.  “We thank the Baker-Polito Administration and its Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for securing these funds through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”

“The community has been dedicated and put in much hard work recently into revitalizing Hadwen Park and preserving its rich history,” said State Representative Kate Campanale (R-Leicester). “I am so pleased the Administration has recognized their efforts and that the City of Worcester has received this grant to support park improvements and accessibility for families and the community to enjoy the Tetasset Hills Trail network right in their backyards. The funds will recover a hidden gem.

“For more than a century, Hadwen Park has served as a recreational resource for residents of Worcester and possesses some of the most serene hiking areas in the City,” said State Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury).  “This grant funding will go a long way to enhance hiking opportunities, and to support healthy activities.  I’m looking forward to visiting again after the completion of these exciting upgrades.”  



Media Contact for Commonwealth Awarded $685,133 in Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants for Four Trail Projects

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

EEA seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.