FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Division announced today, October 12 it has received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Recreational Trails Program.
The state awarded the City of Framingham $29,202.
This grant will offset the expense associated with the purchase of a 2018 Polaris Ranger Northstar All-Terrain Vehicle.
This vehicle will include a track attachment system to enable snow grooming operations with the intent of creating trails to be utilized for cross country skiing or snowshoeing at various passive park locations, according to a City press release.
During the first winter season, the Parks Department will create these trails at Cushing Memorial Park (65-plus acres) and Farm Pond Park (30-plus acres) with the goal of including additional locations throughout the City after the second year and beyond, according to a City press release.
During non-winter months, the Polaris Ranger Northstar will function as a utility vehicle that will support various operations of the Parks Maintenance Department, said the City in a press release.
The Recreational Trails Program provides annual grant funding for the construction and maintenance of trails and trail-related facilities across the state.
Funds are awarded to municipalities, non-profit organizations and government agencies to benefit the development and enhancement of local community trails, long-distance trail systems and regional multi-use pathways.
Recreational Trails Program Grants provide the opportunity to enhance quality of life, economic vitality, and environmental stewardship by building connections, educational opportunities and environmental awareness through a statewide network of accessible and sustainable trails.