News Release
For Immediate Release

Aimee Edwards
GOED Communications Director
(801) 538-8811

Office of Outdoor Recreation Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 12, 2017)—The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation (OOR) has approved grant funding for outdoor recreation projects with an estimated statewide impact of more than $2.8 million—including grant funds, matching funds and private investment.

“Outdoor recreation plays an important role in Utah’s diverse economy and quality of life,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “As the fastest growing state in the nation, we have the responsibility to plan for our future by creating and maintaining recreation opportunities in our communities.”

The Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant helps Utahns live “life elevated” by investing in trails, campgrounds, bike parks and more. The 2017 awards include more than $435,000 in grant funding for 14 projects statewide. Sixty-five percent of the approved funds will support projects in rural counties.

“Our goal is to ensure all Utah residents can live a healthy, active lifestyle through outdoor recreation,” said Tom Adams, director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation. “We work with our local partners to build healthy communities and support the outdoor recreation economy. These projects demonstrate Utah’s commitment to fostering close-to-home recreation opportunities.”

The Outdoor Recreation Grant is expanding. Earlier this year, the Utah State Legislature implemented a new Outdoor Recreation Fund, which will generate up to $5 million each year for the next five years to support the program. Grant funding is expected to increase in 2018.

For a full list of 2017 grant recipients click here.


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or