Community Connections are an important tool of the Trail Town Program® to work with communities and businesses to create that link from their trail to town.
Community Connections are infrastructure projects that help bridge the gap between towns and trails. The goal of these projects is to enhance the visitor experience by creating a welcoming place for both visitors and local residents alike. Throughout the year, as funding is available, the Trail Town Program® opens a variety of grant applications and programs. Below are examples of the types of projects.
- Community Connections Grant – Examples of recent projects include, but are not limited to, improved trailheads or parks, signage, scenic and town views, bike fix-it stations, and bike corrals. At this time, this grant is currently not available.
- Business Signage Grant – Freshening up your businesses with new and updated signage can shows a more inviting storefront to your customers. Trail Town Business Signage Design Guidelines are available here. At this time, this grant is currently not available.
- Bike Rack Program – Adding a bike rack to your business or trailhead is one of the first steps to becoming more trail-friendly. To learn more about proper bike parking and its benefits, click here. At this time, this program is currently not available.
- Trail Town Art – Public Art, whether located at the gateway of the trail or to town, can make a big impact to a Trail Town and add to the experience of riding the trails. Visit the Art on the Passage blog for examples of public art in Trail Towns along the Great Allegheny Passage.
Community Connection Resources and Highlights
- Trail Way-finding Signage Best Practices
- Trailhead Improvements
- and more coming soon!