Recreation Trails Program

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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

The Recreational Trails Program is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. Examples of eligible projects include construction of new recreation trails, restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages, purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment, land acquisition/easements, trail accessibility assessment. The construction of new recreation trails is given the highest priority.

The RTP is administered at the state level through the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD), and federally through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Applicants may request grant amounts ranging from a minimum of $10,000 up to a maximum of $200,000.

The following entities are eligible and may apply:

  • Cities, counties, and townships
  • Park boards and park districts
  • State and federal agencies
  • Registered non-profit organizations

Please note: Only federal, state and municipal agencies qualify for funding of equipment for recreational trail construction and maintenance.

Important Information

  • The current application cycle is for FY20 projects.
  • Title VI requirements. 
  • Minimum grant request dollar amount is $10,000.
  • Maximum grant request dollar amount is $200,000.
  • Only federal, state and municipal agencies qualify for funding of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment.
Application

The current RTP application cycle for FY19 projects is closed. 

RTP Project Selection

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) reviews all applications for eligibility before sending them to be scored and ranked by the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee (RTPAC). The committee, which consists of trail users who represent a broad range of motorized and non-motorized trails and associations, meets each spring to evaluate the projects.

Once projects are ranked by the RTPAC, they are reviewed by state and federal agencies for environmental and historical clearance. The NDPRD then submits projects to the Federal Highway Administration for final approval.

RTP Funding Source

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal-aid assistance program to help states provide and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized trail use. The program provides funds for all kinds of recreational trail uses, such as pedestrian uses (hiking, running and wheelchair use), bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, canoe/kayak trails, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (USDOT/FHWA) administers the RTP program. The Governor of the state of North Dakota has designated the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) as the agency responsible for administering apportionments made to the state. RTP funds represent a portion of the federal gasoline tax attributed to recreation on non-gasoline tax-supported roads. The federal government prescribes many of the regulations governing this program.

RTP Sponsor Funding and Title VI

Sponsors who are Title VI compliant may coordinate bidding and procurement on their own. Sponsors must follow the original procurement process for reimbursement. All bidding, procurement and construction must adhere to Title VI requirements.

Local sponsors must pay all project costs upfront and then request reimbursement. Partial reimbursement may be requested as soon as possible or at least every six months. RTP grants reimburse up to 80% of the total project cost. Project sponsors will not be reimbursed for costs that are incurred before an application is approved and a local grant agreement is signed.

Sponsors who are not Title VI compliant will work with NDPRD during the bidding and procurement process. Project reimbursement in this manner will require project sponsor to submit contractor invoice or invoices, along with the appropriate 20% match, to NDPRD. NDPRD will then pay the contractor or contractors directly. This process applies to each reimbursement request the sponsor submits to NDRPD.

NOTE: At the time of application, the project sponsor must have at least 20% of the total project cost available to meet the match requirements. The local share may include tax sources, bond issues, force account contributions, donated labor, equipment and materials.

Funded Projects

Funded North Dakota Recreational Trails Program Projects (2008-2017)

2017

  • Bottineau Park District--- Forestry Park Trail Phase II
  • Hunter/Arthur JPA Park Board--- Northern Cass Pass Rails to Trails
  • Minot Park District--- Woodland Trail Phase II
  • NDPRD--- Pembina Gorge Trail Link to Frost Fire
  • NDPRD--- Pembina Gorge Mountain Bike Trail
  • NDPRD--- Turtle River State Park Trail
  • SND--- Program Upgrades 2017
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey and Buffalo Gap Trail Surfacing and Restoration

2016

  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Sunrise Shared Use Path-Hitchcock to Northrop
  • Cass County Commission--- County Road 28 Shared Use Path
  • Casselton Park District--- Tinta Tawa Park Resurfacing
  • Hunter/Arthur JPA Park Board--- Northern Cass Pass Rails to Trails
  • NDPRD--- Pembina Gorge Trailhead Overlook
  • SND--- Program Upgrades 2016
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey Surfacing and Restoration
  • USDA Forest Service---North Country Trail Extension

2015

  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Edgewood Shared Use Path-East Segment II
  • City of Beach--- Multi-Use Path Phase II
  • City of Milnor--- Multi-Use Path to Park/Pool
  • SND--- Program Upgrades 2015 
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey 2015
  • Watford City Park District--- Koser Field Walking Path

2014

  • Bottineau Park District--- Forestry Park Trail
  • Hunter/Arthur JPA Park Board--- Northern Cass Pass Rails to Trails
  • Morton County Water Resource District--- Harmon Lake Recreation Area Trail Expansion
  • NDPRD--- Cross Country Ski Grooming Equipment
  • NDPRD--- Little Missouri State Park Trail Rehabilitation
  • NDPRD--- Pembina Gorge Armoring Project
  • NDPRD--- Pembina Gorge Non-motorized Phase II
  • NDPRD--- Turtle Mountain State Forest Trail Building
  • NDPRD--- Turtle Mountain OHV Trails
  • SND--- Program Upgrades 2014
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey 2014
  • USDA Forest Service-Sheyenne National Grasslands--- Jorgen’s Hollow

2013

  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Edgewood Trail-North Segment
  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Sibley Park Cross Country Ski Trail Grooming Equipment
  • City of Fargo--- Red River Shared Use Path Reconstruction
  • Hankinson Park District--- Hankinson Walking/Biking Trail
  • Mandan Park District--- Cross Country Ski Grooming Equipment
  • NDPRD--- Sully Creek Maah Daah Hey Trail Connect
  • SND--- Program Upgrades 2013
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey South
  • USDA Forest Service--- Oak Leaf North Country Trail Signs

2012

  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Washington to Wachter School Shared Use Path Rehabilitation
  • Grafton Park District--- Leisitkow Park Trail System
  • Minot Park District--- Bison Plant Trail
  • NDPRD--- Pembina Gorge Non-motorized Trail
  • NDPRD--- Turtle Mountains Off-Highway Vehicle Trails
  • North Country Trail Association--- North Country Trail Development
  • Snowmobile North Dakota--- Easements
  • Snowmobile North Dakota--- Trail Equipment
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey 2012

2011

  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Cross Country Ski Trails Grooming Equipment
  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Scheels Sports Complex Multi-Use Path
  • City of Tower City--- Alexander Park Multi-Use Trail
  • NDPRD--- Lake Metigoshe State Park Trail System
  • NDPRD--- Pembina Gorge Trails Phase II
  • NDPRD--- Turtle River State Park Trail System
  • Snowmobile North Dakota--- Trail Program Updates
  • USDA Forest Service--- Denbigh Forest Trail System
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey 2011
  • Valley City Park District--- Pioneer Park Multi-Use Trail

2010

  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Tom O'Leary Multi-Use Trail Rehab
  • Burleigh County Water Resource Board--- McDowell Dam Trail Rehab
  • Devils Lake School Board--- Devils Lake Transcity Pedestrian/Bike Project
  • NDPRD--- Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area
  • NDPRD--- State Park Nature Trail Enhancements
  • Snowmobile North Dakota--- Trail Program Updates
  • University of North Dakota--- UND Multi-Use Trail Rehab
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey Trail Development

2009

  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Cottonwood Connection
  • Hankinson American Legion Post #88---Veteran’s Memorial Multi-Use Trail
  • Morton County--- Harmon Lake Recreation Trail
  • Morton County--- New Salem Shared Use Path
  • NDPRD--- Little Missouri Bay State Park Trail Re-Routes
  • NDPRD--- Tetrault Woods Hiking Trail
  • North County Trail--- Trail Construction
  • Snowmobile North Dakota--- Trail Program Updates
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey Trail

2008

  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District--- Burleigh Avenue Loop Connection
  • Devils Lake Park District--- Ruger Park Walking Path Extension
  • Healthy Communities Coalition--- North Oaks Multi-Use Path
  • Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation--- History and Nature Trail
  • NDPRD--- Beaver Lake State Park Nature Trail
  • NDPRD--- Fort Ransom State Park Multi-Use Trail
  • Snowmobile North Dakota--- Trail Groomers and Signs
  • USDA Forest Service--- Maah Daah Hey Trail
Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ensures that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination, including sex, age, disability, low-income, or LEP discrimination, under any program or activity for which the Recipient receives Federal financial assistance. It is the policy of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department to ensure compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes or regulation in all programs and activities.

Title VI and Nondiscrimation Program Manual 

Titel VI Complaint Form