The grant was awarded in part because the trail system promotes wellness in the community and safe access to schools. The requirement for receiving the grant funds was that the Rec Trails Association had to raise $50,000 to match the grant amount.
Doris Hoffman is Treasurer for the Osceola Recreational Trails Association, and she tells us that more than just cash could be counted in the local match.
She says the Trails Association only had about 4 months from the time of the grant announcement, in which to come up with the matching funds, and she says they came right down to the wire.
When asked what she had to say to everyone who donated their time, or their money, Hoffman had this to say.
She says the Wellmark Foundation Grant, along with the local matching funds, will go a long way toward expanding the rec trails in Osceola County.