The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the selection of Bartow County as one of the Georgia Recreational Trails Program grants recipients for construction and rehabilitation of trails. Selected applicants will be invited to submit final applications for their proposals.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) seeks to support communities in developing recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized outdoor recreation. RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund and represent an estimate of the motor fuel excise tax collected from off-highway recreational use.

Bartow County is to receive $82,518 of funding for the Etowah River Water Trail at Douthit Ferry. Bartow County will construct a new boat launch and trailhead for canoes and kayaks on the Etowah River Water Trail system which stretches from Forsyth County to Rome. This project will be constructed at Sam Smith Park in partnership with the City of Cartersville.

We’ll have more during our local newscasts throughout the day Wednesday.