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Water trails workshop set

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) selected 11 new communities and partnerships to receive technical and planning assistance at the end of last year. One of those is Phase II of the Bluegrass Bike Hike Horseback Water Trails Alliance, which includes Woodford, Franklin and Owen counties. The assistance provided will promote the development of new outdoor recreation, economic opportunities and natural resource conservation. A community workshop charrette to discuss the connectivity of trails in the Phase II region, has been scheduled for March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the KCTCS Conference Center at 300 North Main Street in Versailles. The public is invited free of charge. RSVP to cindy@bluegrasstomorrow.org. Russell Clark of the NPS Rivers Trails Conservation Assistance Program and Rob Rumpke of Bluegrass Tomorrow will be the facilitators. Bluegrass Tomorrow and RTCA recently completed Phase I planning of the project which focused on planning the connection of the Legacy Trail around the eastern edge of the Kentucky Horse Park, into Scott County and providing connectivity of hike, bike, horseback and water trails, all the way to Sadieville, which will be approved as a Trail Town through Kentucky's Adventure Tourism Trail Town initiative. RTCA will provide planning and technical assistance to Bluegrass Tomorrow, Inc. to help continue work on the Bluegrass Regional Trails. Phase II builds on earlier work of the project by expanding the alliance of project partners to include Woodford, Franklin and Owen counties in the Bluegrass Region. The project will improve the health and wellness of the community as well as expand environmental, cultural and natural resource education, and enhance economic growth and sustainability for the citizens in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. "RTCA helps to engage stakeholders, plan the trail routes, create funding plans, and identify groups, individuals, businesses, local government officials, and nonprofits that will spearhead the project," said Mobile United Executive Director Katherine Pitman.

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