Friday, May 13, 2011

Hillside Singletrack Earns National Award

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, is pleased to announce that the Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trails project has won one of the national 2011 Achievement Awards, recognizing outstanding trail projects funded by the national Recreational Trails Program.

The achievement award is for the category of "Youth Conservation/Service Corps", for making effective use of the services and skills of qualified youth conservation or service corps to construct and /or maintain trails. The Coalition for Recreational Trails awards will be presented on June 15 in Washington, D.C., during Great Outdoor Week 2011 as part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of this highly successful program, which greatly enhances the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public.

The award recognizes Singletrack Advocates and Alaska Trails for their work in coordinating youth trail crews from the Municipality of Anchorage's Youth Employment in Parks program and the Student Conservation Association. The youth crews successfully completed 7.5 miles of hand-tool finish work, to complete the first sustainably built singletrack trails in Anchorage.

Other partners providing significant contributions on this great project include the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, the Municipality of Anchorage's Parks and Recreation Department, Alaska State Parks, Happy Trails, Alpine Trails, and community trail volunteers.

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