New grant money should help Randolph and Newport become more friendly to outdoor recreation.
The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative awards grants of anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 to communities across the state. Gov. Phil Scott formed VOREC last year.
Randolph will receive $65,000 for marketing and events, trail design and trailhead amenities.
$35,000 will go to Newport for a trail-connection project between Prouty Beach and Bluffside Farm as part of the city’s waterfront recreation trail and lake access project.
“We can attract people here, but if we don’t have a place for them to recreate, good things won’t happen,” state Rep. Michael Marcotte said.
“Investments like this into our community will help foster a stronger recreation culture in Randolph and lead to increased participation that will help grow our outdoor economy,” Zac Freeman of the Rochester-Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance said.
The two communities will serve as prototypes for other recreation-oriented communities that are looking to become more outdoor-friendly.