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Ariz. state parks, trails receive award

Ariz. state parks, trails receive award

PHOENIX, Ariz. — On June 14 in Washington D.C., Arizona State Parks and Trails received the Outstanding State Trail Program Award from the Coalition for Recreational Trails.

The award was presented at the Tom Petri Annual Achievement Award Ceremony, which recognizes outstanding use of funding from the Recreational Trails Program. The Arizona program led by Mickey Rogers, Chief of Grants and Trails, was recognized for changes made to the program since Mr. Rogers took over leadership in 2014.

“Mickey’s leadership has made the Recreational Trails Program more accessible, inclusive, and easier to manage,” said Sue Black, executive director of Arizona State Parks and Trails. “The effectiveness of this program is essential to connecting communities and creating recreational opportunities throughout Arizona.”

“This was a team effort to digitize our work and make it more user friendly for grant applicants,” said Mickey Rogers. “We have found that by working closely with our grant applicants, and reaching out to new groups, we have been able to create connections that improve statewide recreational access.”

Arizona’s Recreation Trails Program has succeeded in creating better community connections to fund more trails projects throughout the state. Improvements include creating a simplified grant process and expanding outreach that has attracted new user groups. A streamlined management process has freed up resources to focus on accessibility for all users, and innovative geographic information system data collection has resulted in better manage and promote the statewide trail system.

More information on Arizona State Parks and Trails’ Recreational Trails Program can be found at

SOURCE: Arizona State Parks press release

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