Program to promote ATV riding receives $91K from OEM
Polaris Industries Inc. of Medina, Minn. has given out an additional US$91,199 in grants in this round of the TRAILS program.
TRAILS, which stands for Trail Development, Responsible Riding, Access, Initiatives, Lobbying and Safety, gives money to various ATV groups to ensure the future of ATV riding.
This round’s grants, which ranged from US$5,000 to $10,000, were given to 10 organizations in seven states. TRAILS has granted almost $600,000 in the last two years to 69 ATV organizations in 37 states.
According to Polaris, the grants will be applied to trail development, expansion, improvements and connections; youth safety courses; trail patrol; lobbying efforts to re-open state forests for off-road vehicle use; and support for the first sand park to open in the US in 50 years—the Syracuse Sand Park in Kansas..
“We continue to be thrilled by the interest and response in this program,” says Mike Dougherty, general manager of the ATV division at Polaris. “Its ongoing success is far reaching and benefits riders at every level – be it locally, statewide or nationally.
“Polaris is proud to have a thriving program that gives back to our riding community because it’s only together that we can ensure we’ll have great places to ride for years to come.”
Fourth round TRAILS grant recipients:
Local Organizations New England Trail Riders Association (Connecticut)Dickinson County Seniors & Lawmen Together (Iowa)Syracuse Sand Dune Park (Kansas)Hollis Freewheelers ATV Club (Maine)East Stream ATV Riders Club (Maine)Van Buren Pine Runners ATV Club (Maine)Millsfield ATV Club (New Hampshire)
State Organizations New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle AssociationRide Safe – Virginia
National Organizations United Sportsmen’s Youth Foundation