State placing tens of millions towards 99 out of doors recreation initiatives over 23 Utah counties

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Funding will go to 99 projects across Utah.

(Trent Nelson | Salt Lake Tribune File Photo) A family skips stones in Antelope Island State Park on April 25, 2020. The money from the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant goes to an archery range on the island, one of 99 projects in 23 counties.

A government grant is providing millions of dollars for outdoor recreation in 23 Utah counties.

The governor’s office for economic development will allocate $ 7.6 million to recreational projects under the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant. The grant is financed from the state transitional area tax. It also received $ 4 million from state lawmakers that year.

The money from the grant goes to an archery range on Antelope Island, a river recovery project for the Logan River, an anchor replacement project in Sanpete County, Kane County’s East Zion Mountain Bike Trail System, and other projects. The Zion Forever project received $ 500,000 for the second phase of the bicycle system, which will add 24.5 miles of trails to the existing 10-mile loop.

“Easy access to outdoor recreation is a major contributor to the quality of life in Utah, the Utah economy and the ability to attract and retain quality employees and jobs in the state,” said Dan Hemmert, GOED’s executive director, in the press release. “The Office of Outdoor Recreation’s continued investment in outdoor recreational infrastructure will have a lasting impact on the health and strength of its residents, businesses and the economy.”

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