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Recreational Trails Program Achievement Awards

Florida Trails Accessibility Program

Through workshops, technical assistance, and partnerships, Florida’s trails accessibility program supports the building of trails that increase recreational opportunities for people of all abilities.

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Taking measurements and notes on trail conditions

Project sponsor: Florida Office of Greenways and Trails

Award Category: Accessibility Enhancement (Overall Plan)

Congressional District: All

Senators: Bill Nelson (D) and Mel Martinez (R)

2008 Annual Achievement Award winner: for trail projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration. Awarded by the Coalition for Recreational Trails.

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Universal Trail Assessment Process training

The Florida Office of Greenways and Trails recognized the need to emphasize accessibility for trail users and has used the RTP to help increase trail-related opportunities for all citizens.

Accessibility has always been a part of Florida’s Recreational Trails Program and is woven into all aspects of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails RTP activities. As part of this focus on accessibility, Florida made good use of the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP).

The UTAP utilizes funding from the Recreational Trails Program to introduce participants to recreational trail accessibility issues.

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Participants in accessibility training

Participants learn how to map trails as to cross-slope, grade, obstacles, and trail width, as well as how to use all this newfound information. UTAP is not only an accessibility assessment tool, but also a management tool. In addition, participants learn how trail sustainability and accessibility are interrelated.

All RTP project sponsors are invited to participate. RTP administrative funds cover the cost of both the UTAP tool kits and the TrailWare computer programs, which are sent home with each project sponsor at the completion of the UTAP Coordinator Training.

For more information:

Office of Greenways and Trails, Department of Environmental Protection,
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: 850-245-2065

For more great trails, see:

See more 2008 Annual Achievement Award winners from the Coalition for Recreation Trails.

See State by State list of all Recreational Trails Program Awards with links to individual award web pages

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