ACRA thumbs up vote grants headerThe Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance (ACRA) has awarded five grants totaling approximately $15,000 to projects that connect outdoor recreation and Adirondack communities.

“These grants each support community-based recreation initiatives in several different regions of the Adirondacks,” said Matt Strickland of Vert Outdoors, who sponsored a proposal to analyze the feasibility of building a 2 – 3 mile long trail connector between the Hamlets of Horicon and Starbuckville.

The Alliance is a group of community leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and local entrepreneurs dedicated to enhancing and developing recreation assets, increasing region-wide stewardship, and advancing policies to secure long-lasting community and economic benefits for Adirondack towns and villages.

The Northern Forest Center, which facilitates and participates in the Alliance, raised funds for the first round of grants from the new Innovation Fund. Grants were awarded to:

  • The Adirondack Mountain Club to create “Leave No Trace” hang tags for popular community hiking challenges to educate hikers about sustainable trail use;
  • Mac’s Canoe Livery to launch a youth paddling initiative to engage area kids in outdoor skills and experiences;
  • The HUB to conduct a feasibility study for a multi-purpose trail connecting the hamlets of Horicon and Starbuckville;
  • Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) to develop and test an emergency rescue planning and equipment program for community mountain biking trails;
  • The Town of Elizabethtown to build a mountain bike skills park downtown to complement expanding trail amenities and trail connectivity.

“The Horicon-Starbuck trail will potentially connect several recreational resources,” said Strickland, “as well as the communities of Chestertown and Horicon. Businesses, community members and visitors will all benefit from this project, and we really appreciate the financial support for this project.”