CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge recently transferred $1.5 million to the Town of Chincoteague to promote bicyclist and pedestrian safety for visitors accessing the refuge from the town, officials with the Chincoteague NWR announced.
Over the last several years, the Town of Chincoteague, the Chincoteague NWR and Accomack County have partnered on joint projects to enhance bike and foot access from the Town of Chincoteague to the refuge's entrance. By providing safe access for tourists, officials hope to enhance the visitor experience for tourists who annually generate approximately $50 million for the Town of Chincoteague.
Tourism is the main economic generator for Chincoteague Island, with the refuge seeing around one million visitors per year, officials said.
The grant money continues efforts to fulfill goals mapped out in the Town of Chincoteague's 2010 Comprehensive Plan and 2020 Transportation Plan. Officials say the funding transferred to the town originally came to the Chincoteague NWR from the Federal Transit Administration through the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks Program. Grants through this program seek to help projects that conserve resources, reduce congestion and ensure access to public lands.
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