A total of $770,000 for Dane County PARC and Ride grant recipients was announced, providing matching funds to communities throughout Dane County to assist with trail interconnectivity and bicycle infrastructure.

The Dane County PARC and Ride program, which provides 50% matching grants to improve trail interconnectivity throughout Dane County, announced its grant recipients today with awards totaling $770,000. The funds will be utilized throughout Dane County to offset costs for bike trail design, engineering, and construction. This investment in bicycling infrastructure will result in expanded bike trails, increased skills-building areas, and improved bike safety – a win-win-win for Dane County.

Here’s a closer look at the projects funded through the Dane County PARC and Ride grant program:

The Village of Cottage Grove was awarded $213,087 for its Phase 2 Main Street Path Construction project. This approximately 3,850-foot paved trail will run along Main Street from Northlawn Drive to the existing path just south of I-94, largely completing the regional multi-use trail connection from the Glacial Drumlin Trail to McCarthy County Park. The total estimated project cost is $594,156.

The City of Madison was awarded $125,000 for its paved pump track at Aldo Leopold Park. This bike playground will consist of a pump track and skills course at the park, with a direct connection to the Cannonball Path. The total estimated project cost is $250,000.

The City of Monona was awarded $11,913 for its Maywood Mountain Bike Trail. This mountain bike trail and skills area at Maywood Park will be located along the Monona Bike Loop. The total estimated project cost is $31,913.

Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) was awarded $150,000 for its Middleton bike park pump track and skills loop project. This bike park will consist of a paved pump track and skills loop located at the new/future trailhead and parking area at Pleasant View Golf Course. The total estimated project cost is $350,000.

The Village of Cross Plains was awarded $270,000 for its County Highway KP Multi-Use Trail. This 0.33-mile extension of the Black Earth Creek Multi-Use Trail will be located along the south side of County Highway KP from Bourbon Road to Gil’s Way. The total estimated project cost is $540,000.