With the Rails to Trails program in Catonsville, an old, beaten-up path has become a new, water-resistant trail for walkers, runners and bikers. (Jon Sham/BSMG)

Gov. Martin O'Malley awarded a $30,000 grant to Catonsville Rails to Trails Tuesday to help fund their efforts to convert the former Short Line Railroad into a walking and biking path in Catonsville, according to a press release.

The grant was one of many — totaling $1.21 million — announced by the governor to support the state's Recreational Trail Program, the release said.

The program provides $5,000 to $64,000 grants to fund the creation and maintenance of transportation and recreational trails used for bicycling, hiking, in-line skating, equestrian riders, cross-country skiing and more, the release said.

“Maintaining and expanding Maryland’s recreational trail network supports healthy lifestyles and encourages the preservation of our natural resources,”  O’Malley said in the release.  “These grants also will help local jurisdictions throughout the State expand their nature-based tourism and economic development opportunities.” 

According to the release, O'Malley has awarded more then $7 million in funds to the Recreational Trail Program to focus "trail investments on missing links in the statewide trail network."

Catonsville Rails to Trails is hosting a dedication ceremony Saturday Oct. 19 for the 1.1-mile section of the Short Line Trail that has already been completed.