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Arizona State Parks and Trails receives $25 million in federal funding

Hikers set out on part of the Arizona Trail located near Oracle State Park. (Photo courtesy of Arizona State Parks)

Hikers set out on part of the Arizona Trail located near Oracle State Park. (Photo courtesy of Arizona State Parks)

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey announced July 14 $101.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding to launch the Visit Arizona Initiative, a program designed to increase visitation to Arizona, bolster job creation, and accelerate economic recovery.

Arizona State Parks and Trails will receive $25 million as part of this new program.

According to Arizona State Parks and Trails, outdoor recreation areas attract tourists and are significant benefits for out-of-state conferences and business tourism considering Arizona. State parks, trails and attractions can increase their customer experience, improve sustainability, and therefore attract out-of-state visitors with permanent infrastructure improvements provided by this program.

“We are proud to be a part of this initiative that will draw even more people to Arizona and its beautiful state parks,” said Bob Broscheid, executive director of Arizona State Parks and Trails. “Improvements to our facilities, our buildings, and our amenities will benefit residents and visitors alike. We thank Governor Ducey for investing in Arizona’s natural and cultural resources.”

State parks in Arizona draw thousands of visitors from across the world and have seen an uptick in visitation during the pandemic. Of the total funding for parks, $20 million will support capital improvements to parks. The remaining $5 million will be invested in projects associated with the State Parks Heritage Fund program to support new open space development, restoration or renovation, historic preservation and outdoor education.

Arizona State Parks and Trails will be releasing information about submission deadlines and the application process for Heritage Fund grants later this summer.

Information provided by Arizona State Parks and Trails

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