FOLAR re­ceives $250k for Olde Town trail seg­ment

The Cameron Foun­da­tion awards grant for path­way along Pat­ton Park

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PETERS­BURG — The Cameron Foun­da­tion’s Board of Direc­tors has ap­proved a $250,000 grant for the Friends of the Lower Ap­po­mat­tox River (FOLAR) to im­prove an im­por­tant sec­tion of the Ap­po­mat­tox River Trail in Peters­burg.

The grant will go to­wards de­sign de­vel­op­ment, pre­con­struc­tion en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion of the trail and ac­com­pa­ny­ing sig­nage be­tween Univer­sity Boule­vard and the Boule­vard in Old Towne Peters­burg.

“This area in par­tic­u­lar is rife with his­tory, recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties and con­nec­tiv­ity pos­si­bil­i­ties,” said J.

said J. Todd Gra­ham, pres­i­dent of The Cameron Foun­da­tion, in a state­ment. “And, more broadly, FOLAR’s fo­cus on park and lin­ear trail de­vel­op­ment along the Lower Ap­po­mat­tox River will help to im­prove the qual­ity of life and in­crease the cul­ture of health and ac­tive life­style in the re­gion.”

By cre­at­ing a 5,500foot lin­ear trail for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists near Pat­ton Park, this pro­ject will im­prove walk­ing and bik­ing paths in Old Towne, guide vis­i­tors through his­toric Peters­burg and pro­vide ac­cess to the park and river­front. The pro­ject also cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties to ad­dress shore­line restora­tion and en­hance the land buf­fer along the river to help pro­tect wa­ter qual­ity.

“The tremen­dous po­ten­tial of this cen­trally lo­cated Pat­ton Park-his­toric Peters­burg sec­tion of the Ap­po­mat­tox River Trail, cou­pled with the demon­strated suc­cess of sec­tions of trail in Colo­nial Heights and Hopewell, has made our com­mu­nity ex­cited for the progress this fund­ing pro­vides,” said FOLAR chair Ken New­man in a state­ment.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers and stake­hold­ers will have a chance to pro­vide feed­back while the plans for this pro­ject are fi­nal­ized, and lo­cal con­trac­tors and vol­un­teers will con­trib­ute to the con­struc­tion of this trail over the next two years.

Es­tab­lished in 2017 and funded by The Cameron Foun­da­tion, the master plan for the Ap­po­mat­tox River Trail out­lines the phased build­ing of co­or­di­nated trail sec­tions and park im­prove­ments through­out six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The ul­ti­mate goal of the Ap­po­mat­tox River Trail is to “con­nect con­tigu­ous miles of re­gional by­way trails, im­prove river ac­cess, pro­vide ac­cess to healthy ac­tiv­i­ties for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in Peters­burg and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, im­prove the eco­nomic vi­tal­ity of the re­gion and con­serve and pro­tect the nat­u­ral river en­vi­ron­ment,” FOLAR Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Wendy Austin said in a state­ment.

FOLAR will be able to use $50,000 of this award as match­ing funds to­wards a $100,000 chal­lenge grant se­cured from the Mary Mor­ton Par­sons Foun­da­tion in Rich­mond. The Par­sons grant can only be col­lected if FOLAR raises the match­ing funds in full by May 2019, and now, FOLAR is more than half­way there.


Colo­nial Heights’ Ap­po­mat­tox River Trail in­cludes an area of im­proved, paved, shared-use path.

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