County Executive Brian M. Hughes, second from right, and other supporters celebrate the opening of another link to the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail in October 2013.

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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announces that three recreational trail projects in Mercer County have been awarded federal grants totaling $72,000.

The funds come from the Federal Highway Administration's 2013 Recreational Trails Program and are administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Green Acres Program. A total of $755,054 was approved for 39 recreational trail projects statewide.

The projects in Mercer County being awarded $24,000 apiece are:

  • Hopewell Township, Lawrence-Hopewell Trail - Pennington Connector
  • Lawrence Township, Lawrence-Hopewell Trail - Signalized Crossing, Province Line Road
  • Vocational Science Training Center, Delaware and Raritan Canal -- Trenton Maintenance Project

"These projects are a great benefit to Mercer County and we thank the DEP and Commissioner Bob Martin for their continued support," said Hughes. "The Lawrence-Hopewell Trail has been 10 years in the making and this funding gets that effort closer to the finish line." A new section of the trail passing through Rosedale Park in the County's Mercer Meadows is scheduled to open in May, Hughes noted.

The goal of the Recreational Trails Program is to improve access to open space, enhance environmental resources, created urban and suburban corridors, and provide additional hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities in all areas of the state, to be enjoyed by people of all abilities, ages and means.

"The quality of life in New Jersey cities and towns is enhanced by our broad network of trails, which connect our communities to a vast array of green spaces," Commissioner Martin said. "It is especially appropriate to announce the latest round of funding for our trails network during Earth Week."

The grants are awarded, through a competitive process, to groups that maintain, develop and operate trails. Recipients are required to provide a 20 percent matching share for each project.