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    Palo Alto Battlefield

    National Historical Park Texas

Active Trails Grant Awarded

Battlefield Hike & Bike Trail
Battlefield Hike & Bike Trail
NPS (public domain)

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News Release Date: May 12, 2014
Contact: Douglas Murphy, 956-541-2785 x330

Get Outside, Get Active
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park is one of 37 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Now in its sixth year, the Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects that help restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across the country. These projects include hands-on learning, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, volunteering, and more.

"Through the Active Trails program, people across the country are connecting with their national parks, discovering more ways to lead active and healthy lives, and giving back to the places they love," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "These grants are critical to helping with ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance the 17,000 miles of land and water trails across the National Park System."

New Map and Trail Guide
Palo Alto Battlefield will use the $22,500 grant for "Hike to History, Bike to Battlefields" a project to promote greater community awareness of and use of the Historic Battlefield Trail in Brownsville. The 10-mile long trail follows a road used by soldiers at the start of the U.S.-Mexican War in 1846 and links the Palo Alto Battlefield and Resaca de la Palma Battlefield units of the park. The route also connects these two battle site to numerous other cultural attractions in the city.

The park will use the $22,500 grant to print a map and guide of the trail and to develop way finding to help lead bikers and hikers to sites along the route. Working in conjunction with the City of Brownsville and the Mitte Cultural District, the park will also sponsor a "Trail Day" with events and activities to encourage greater use of the trail and active access to the park and its offerings.

Partnerships at Work
"Palo Alto Battlefield and the National Park Service are excited to continue our wonderful partnerships with the City of Brownsville and the Mitte Cultural District," said park Superintendent Mark Spier. "Promoting healthy activity on the hike and bike trail while connecting our citizens to their heritage and the outdoors is a winning formula for everyone involved."

Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted nearly $2.4 million through its Active Trails program. To date, Active Trails has engaged more than 5,900 volunteers and 327 project partners who combined have contributed more than 30,000 hours to help promote, refurbish or build national park trails that were ultimately enjoyed by 331,000 visitors.

"The National Park Foundation's Active Trails program provides vital funding that supports our national parks as centers of healthy outdoor activity for families and communities across the nation," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "The land and water trails maintained by the National Park Service invite visitors to explore natural and cultural beauty, and these grants will expand these great opportunities to even more visitors."

Thank You
The National Park Foundation wishes to thank The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Disney, the Scrooby Foundation, and Subaru for their generous support of the Active Trails program.

The 2014 Active Trails grantees include:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
Assateague Island National Seashore
Baltimore National Heritage Area
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Buffalo National River
Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area
Cane River Creole National Historical Park
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
Essex National Heritage Area
Flagstaff Area National Monuments
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Fort Stanwix National Monument
Gateway National Recreation Area
Grand Teton National Park
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Kings Mountain National Military Park
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office
Nez Perce National Historical Park
Olympic National Park Oregon National Historic Trail and California National Historic Trail
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Rock Creek Park Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway
Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Wheeling National Heritage Area

A listing of these parks and their Active Trails project descriptions can be found on the National Park Foundation website.

For more information on the National Park Foundation and how you can support and protect America's national parks, please visit the foundation website. For more information on the National Park Service, please visit the website.

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Did You Know?

Battle of Palo Alto

Both Confederate and Union troops used the Palo Alto Battlefield as a campground during Civil War campaigns in the Rio Grande Valley.