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The MCA Receives National Park Services Grant to Support Community in the PDN Trail Segment Planning

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

Recently, the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation (MCA) received a notification from the National Park Service informing that the project application to the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program has been approved for the 2020 federal fiscal year. These funds will help further our vision by implementing a 1.5-mile trail segment along the Franklin canal, providing connectors to nearby destinations.

This accomplishment wouldn't be possible without the collaboration between the MCA, the Water Improvement District, City of El Paso, the El Paso Independent School District, and the Neighborhood Associations.

The assistance to be provided by the RTCA will include:

  • Help the Foundation develop a broad based partnership interested in assisting and supporting our trail planning efforts;

  • Developing civic engagement strategies so everyone in and around the MCA campus has opportunities to engage in discussions for planning, managing and caring for the new trail corridor.

  •  Incorporating the Parks, Trails & Health Workbook approach into our planning – including establishing baseline metrics to measure success

  • Identifying funding sources to implement the concept plan.

We are truly excited for this project and can't wait to see the results!

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