Decatur, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is allocating $130,110 for the Allerton Park bike trail project, according to State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur).

     The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trail Project grants provide up to 80% reimbursement to local grant recipients for the cost of trail projects, with local sponsors providing the balance of the funding. Grants may be awarded for land acquisition, trail construction and rehabilitation, purchase of equipment for trail development and maintenance, restoration of areas damaged by unauthorized trail use, construction of trail-related support facilities such as parking and restrooms, and educational programs.

     “There is no question the Allerton Park bike trail project will improve the quality of life for area residents,” Caulkins said. “Being able to access and enjoy the outdoors is important. It also is important from a safety perspective as riding bicycles on busy roads and highways can be dangerous. This grant is welcome news for our region.”