Nominate Award-winning trail and greenway projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program
Unlike previous years, there will not be an in-person awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. but, there will be an online “virtual” ceremony later this Summer, and all award winners will be invited to participate in the next “live” event on Capitol Hill (hopefully in 2021).
The Coalition for Recreational Trails seeks nominations for its Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards. Winners are recognized in Washington, D.C. each June during Great Outdoors Month®. This awards program, active for more than 20 years, recognizes outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds, showcasing excellent projects made possible by RTP funding and enhancing awareness and appreciation of the RTP among Members of Congress and other key officials. In 2014, the awards were named in honor of Tom Petri, a former Member of Congress and longtime RTP champion.
As an additional benefit, American Trails makes a web page for each winning project. See the over 100 award pages we have created since 2003. We hope you will join us in this important effort to recognize the significant contributions to our nationwide system of trails and greenways that the Recreational Trails Program is supporting all across the country.
Submit your projects by July 31, 2020, at 5 pm EDT.
Awards are given in several categories:
The nomination form and photos, plus any supporting materials, should be returned via e-mail to Duane Taylor, the Chair of the Coalition’s Awards Committee, at [email protected]. If you have any questions email or call him at (703) 416-0444.
It is important to note that photos and other materials included as part of the nominations are often used to highlight RTP projects in the Federal Highway Administration RTP Annual Report, CRT’s RTP Facebook page, and in the online RTP Database Image Library. In addition, American Trails features RTP-funded projects in its monthly eNews and online articles. As a result, simply nominating your project may result in increased exposure for your project!
To be eligible projects must be completed and must have been finished no earlier than 2010. You can check the online Recreational Trails Program Database to be sure a project included RTP funding. Please note: Data collection is an ongoing effort and is regularly being entered into the database as it is received from the States, District of Columbia, and other sources. Should you need assistance with the RTP Database, please contact [email protected].
We invite you to nominate an outstanding project and to encourage the sponsor(s) of an excellent project in your state to submit a nomination as well. We also encourage you to solicit support from the appropriate Members of Congress— both U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators— to build awareness of excellent RTP-funded projects and the RTP program itself.