Hopkins County is getting nearly $100,000 in state funding to upgrade trails across the county. It's part of a recreational trail program that's working to help develop adventure tourism throughout the commonwealth.
Both Dawson Springs and Nortonville are getting this grant money to make improvements to their parks.
In total, 21 communities are receiving grant money.
The state says this can go towards upgrades to trails of all kinds that cater to hiking, cycling, inline skating, equestrian use, off-road motorcycling and all-terrain vehicle riding.
City officials in Dawson Springs say they'd like to connect the three parks in town to create a five-mile trail. This will also features 10 to 20 exercise stations.
One local Hopkins County resident says he's thrilled to see state money go towards something like this.
"Anything that benefits the outdoor activity for young people is a good thing," said outdoor enthusiast Larry Jones. "If we don't get them outdoors, they're going to sit indoors. It's good for the people, it's good for physical activity, it's a win win."
Other grant recipients in the Tri-State include Muhlenberg and Daviess County, and the city of Providence.
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