The RTP grant was instrumental in helping to make the Hyde Park Trail System “ready for prime time.”
In 2003, the Town of Hyde Park received a Recreational Trails Program grant for improvements to the Hyde Park Heritage Greenway Trail System. The Hyde Park Trail System includes 14 miles of trails within units of the National Park System, a State Park, several Town parks, a nonprofit nature preserve, and private lands, as well as trails that link between them.
Physical improvements and new parking for key trails made them accessible and appealing to the public. Trailhead kiosks help build a strong identity for the trails and cultivate public awareness of the storied landscapes that weave throughout the entire town, including National Park sites outside the boundaries of the town.
A new trail map/brochure, combined with a consistent system of trail directional signs and color-coded trail markers, provided high-quality visitor orientation and wayfinding regardless of land ownership.
Youth Conservation/Service Corps involvement made project completion possible:
The trails have steadily grown in popularity and are used by increasing numbers of groups and individuals. Trail counts by the National Park Service recorded over 44,000 trail visits during 2009.