Meeting set for input on Pathfinder grant

January 10, 2018

The City of Bartlesville is seeking grant funding in the amount of $125,000 to leverage existing local funding for improvements to Pathfinder Parkway — specifically, for construction of a new connection of the trail located south of Eastland Shopping Center.

City staff is preparing an application for funding from the 2018 Recreational Trails Program, which is administered by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, and is seeking public input as part of the grant application process.

A public meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the First Floor Conference Room at City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone Ave., for citizens to weigh in on the project.

“The Recreational Trails Program is a state-administered, federal aid program managed through the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Federal Highway Administration in consultation with the Department of the Interior,” said Grants Administrator Nancy Warring.

“The intent of the Recreational Trails Program is for funds to be used on recreational trails and trail-related projects.”

In addition to public comment, letters of support are also needed by Jan. 26. Residents are encouraged to send letters to Nancy Warring, grants administrator at 401 S. Johnstone Ave., Bartlesville, OK 74003 or by email to Letters of support are required as part of the grant application.

Up to eighty percent of the eligible costs can be reimbursed, Warring said. The remaining funds required for this project are available in the City’s voter-approved half-cent Capital Improvement Projects Fund.