2009 RTP Achievement Awards

Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects


The members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails have selected the winners of the "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds.

The award winners were recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2009 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building.



Giant's Stairs Trail Project (Maine)

Education and Communication

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Gravel base on the Giant's Stairs Trail Project


The project was designed to rehabilitate and stabilize the Giant’s Stairs Trail, located on town-owned property on the southeastern shore of Bailey Island. Many challenges presented themselves in the design of this project. This 2.5 acre parcel had very tight corridor boundaries, ledge cliffs and ocean, and property boundaries with abutting house owners. Many times the trail had less than a ten-foot corridor to run through to fulfill staying on town-owned property.

It was a difficult project and the community’s opinions of “management” for the trail varied greatly. The crew was placed in the forefront of this discussion and took a lot of time to give good information and explain the important focus of this construction process to community members, who were not necessarily in favor of any improvements to the trail or wanted a “less intrusive” approach. The crew performed this task flawlessly.

This project was completed by a Maine Conservation Corps Mini-Team, or three-person crew, working in conjunction with local volunteers from Bowdoin College, the Boy Scouts, and community members. Because of the great support from local individuals, the crew was able to complete the entire project in one season instead of the original two-phase plan. RTP funding of $20,000 allowed the Town of Harpswell to contract with an experienced Maine Conservation Corps crew and provide excellent materials and volunteers.

The new trail out to Giant Stairs will provide sustainable access for the 10 to 15 thousand people who visit Bailey Island each year to walk one of Maine’s greatest sections of coastline.


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completed trail with crusher fines surface

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Rock work on the down-slope side before adding base














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