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Dane County Executive Joe Parisi Announces PARC and Ride Bike Trail Grants

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Joshua Wescott, 608-266-9069


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                                      Grants total of $764,00 For Municipalities


Today, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced awards totaling $764,217 for the Dane County PARC and Ride Bike trail grant program. This program, built on the Partners for Recreation and Conservation (PARC) grant program,  provides matching grants to communities interested in expanding trail interconnectivity throughout Dane County. The 2015 Dane County budget allocated matching funds available through the PARC & Ride Bike Trail grant program.  Municipalities were  eligible to receive up to $250,000 (or up to 50% of the project costs) to offset bike trail design, engineering, and construction costs.

“The program offers an excellent opportunity for Dane County to partner with local governments on developing and enhancing bicycle trails and amenities in our communities,” said County Executive Parisi.  “Biking is good for our health, for our environment, and for our communities. We are excited to be able to continue our work strategically growing Dane County bike trails.”

Grants were awarded for capital projects that expand bike trail interconnectivity, create destination-oriented regional bike trails, and improve bike safety. To be eligible for funding, trail projects had to be identified in the Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan or Bike Dane Initiative.  Eligible projects included the development of off-road bicycle/pedestrian trails with associated amenities and support facilities, such as trailheads/parking areas, signage, and safety facilities.  Bicycle trail amenities or support facilities as standalone projects without a trail component are not eligible.  

The Dane County Board will vote tonight on these project allocations.

Projects Funded:

City of Madison was awarded $133,000 for the Capital City Trail Segment  1 connection to future Glacial Drumlin State Trail. 1400 ft. paved bicycle/pedestrian trail that will extend from the current end of the Capital City Path at Buckeye Rd. to Tarragon Drive, which will ultimately connect to the Glacial Drumlin Trail from Madison to the Village of Cottage Grove. The total project cost will be $280,000.

Town of Westport was awarded $156,621 for Woodland Drive Trail connection to proposed North Mendota Trail. 3000 ft. paved bicycle/pedestrian trail along Woodland Drive from Mary Lake Road to County Highway M that will ultimately connect to Governor Nelson State Park, Mendota County Park and beyond. The total project cost will be $330,000.

Village of Shorewood Hills was awarded $22,400 for University Avenue Trail extension connection between City of Middleton’s and UW- Madison’s trail system. 750 ft. paved bicycle/pedestrian trail that will continue the development of the missing link connecting the UW's path to the City of Middleton's pathway system. The total project cost will be $56,643.

Village of Cross Plains was awarded $200,000 for the Zander Park Trail Expansion segment of proposed Good Neighbor Trail between Middleton and Mazomanie. 2700 ft. paved bicycle/pedestrian trail that will extend the current trail system in Zander Park along Black Earth Creek. The total project cost will be $902,840.

Village of DeForest was awarded $106,629 for the River Road Trail segment of Upper Yahara River Trail loop. 2700 ft. paved bicycle/pedestrian trail along River Road that will extend from current end of trail at Acker Parkway to County Highway V. The trail will create a safe bike/ped route to the businesses on CTH V and become part of the proposed Upper Yahara River Trail loop that circles the headwaters of the Yahara River. The total project cost is $304,653.

Village of McFarland was awarded $64,050 for the Lower Yahara River Trail Expansion. 870 ft. paved bicycle/pedestrian trail that will extend from the end of the County's future Lower Yahara River Trail in McDaniel County Park and travel along Sigglekow Rd. to Terminal Drive. This total project cost is $183,000.


Village of Mazomanie was awarded $81,517 for the Lake Marion Trail connection from Lake Marion/ Hwy KP to downtown Mazomanie and Good Neighbor trail. 2920 ft. paved bicycle/pedestrian trail that will extend from Lake Marion to downtown Mazomanie along County Highway KP. It will provide a safe off-road alternative for County Highway KP which is a very popular on-road bike route.


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