The National Park Service, which has recently supported several projects in Nebraska, announced on Monday that it will help more than 350 communities improve local parks, establish trails, access rivers, and protect special places through its Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program this year.
NPS projects in Nebraska have included recreation activities in four Omaha neighborhoods in which streets were closed off to create urban playgrounds.
Every year, the National Park Service makes technical assistance grants to community groups, nonprofits, tribes and state and local governments.
Local leaders collaborate with National Park Service staff and other partners to plan trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers and natural areas, and create other outdoor recreation opportunities.
National Park Service staff provide free facilitation and planning expertise, help engage partners, develop plans and identify funding sources. These projects empower millions of people to get outside close to home in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.