Mississippi Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom King presented a check to the Pearl and Leaf Rivers Rails to Trails Recreational District Wednesday.
The check totaling $250,535 will go towards making improvements to the Longleaf Trace from Hattiesburg to Prentiss.
"It's an honor for me to be given this privilege to have the facility named after us out there and it's going to be a great event but it's always been about, for me, the quality of life for Hattiesburg and Jeff Davis and Lamar county," said Ronnie Shows, former U.S. congressman. "It's a quality of life issue."
The event was held at the Jackson Road Community Center in Lamar County.