MADISON, Wis. — Dane County will give nearly $500K to cities that are expanding bike trails across the county.
County Executive Joe Parisi announced that a total of $482,516 would be heading to four municipalities in order to fund the trails. The grants will go toward projects that expand trail interconnectivity, create destination-oriented trails, construct skill-building areas like bike parks and playgrounds, and improve bike safety.
Each grant matches up to 50% of a municipality’s project cost. Funding for the projects was set aside in the 2022 County Budget.
“We are always excited to have communities come forward with plans to expand or enhance trails through the PARC & Ride Grant Program,” Parisi said. “Through these partnerships, we are able to enhance Dane County residents’ quality of life and create new opportunities to explore the outdoors.”
Projects that are funded include:
- Village of Cottage Grove – $83,991
- Cottage Grove will move into Phase 2 of its Main Street Path Construction project, a 3,850-foot paved trail running on Main Street from Northlawn Drive to a path just south of I-94. The trail connects McCarthy County Park to the Glacial Drumlin Trail
- City of Fitchburg – $150,000
- The grant will help the city complete the North Fish Hatchery Road Hub project, which features a pump track, fix-it station, bike racks and benches. The site is set to become a community gathering space
- City of Madison – $62,500
- Madison will use the money to fund the Shred to School at Aldo Leopold Park project, a 3,500-foot trail located on Cannonball Path featuring a single-track chip-seal trail with rollers and jumps
- City of Verona – $182,025
- Verona is building the Eastside Interceptor Gravity Sewer Trail project, a paved bike path from CTH M to Arbor Vitae Place along the southside of Badger Mill Creek. The project will ultimately connect the Military Ridge State Trail to the Ice Age Junction Trail
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