The City of Simpsonville is excited to announce that Simpsonville has been selected as one of ten communities to receive technical and planning assistance from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). The assistance provided will promote the development of a Swamp Rabbit Trail Extension in Simpsonville.
The goal of the project is to create a city wide trails master plan which will provide multiuse trails connecting Simpsonville neighborhoods, parks, schools and downtown Simpsonville while connecting to other areas of Greenville County as part of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The trails will encourage healthy exercise opportunities as well as transportation alternatives. RTCA will assist by identifying opportunities, priority setting, consensus building, facilitating public input and identifying funding sources.
“Partnering with the National Parks Service is a tremendous opportunity for the Simpsonville community”, said Director of Planning and Economic Development Jason Knudsen. “Tapping into the Swamp Rabbit Trail is a priority for the City’s vision for community and economic growth. The expertise and resources provided by the RTCA Program will be the catalyst to bringing this project to life.”
The National Parks Service will be meeting with project partners in the next few weeks to begin developing a work plan and project timeline.
RTCA works with community groups, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and local, state, and federal government agencies to achieve locally-defined goals for natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation. RTCA also connects citizens with local agencies and organizations to create new parks, greenspace, and trails and protect important water resources.
Types of RTCA projects include outdoor preservation, rivers conservation, and the development of recreational trails and greenways. The RTCA network of planning professionals, landscape architects and community planners helps communities across the nation achieve on-the ground successes. RTCA personnel help local partners to make their rivers, trails, greenways and open spaces vital, life-enhancing parts of their communities. The RTCA program serves communities and neighborhoods throughout the southeast with offices in Atlanta, GA; Sarasota, FL; Mammoth Cave, KY; Ocean Springs, MS, and Chattanooga, TN.