‘Co-op Trail’ ded­i­cated at Poc­a­hon­tas Park

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Kristi K. Hig­gins Staff Writer Kristi K. Hig­gins may be reached at 804722-5167 or khig­[email protected]­dex.com.

CH­ESTER­FIELD — Poc­a­hon­tas State Park’s new­est trail was ded­i­cated on New Year’s Day when Amer­ica’s State Parks of­fered guided First Day Hikes. Joshua Elling­ton, Poc­a­hon­tas State Park man­ager, ex­pressed how grate­ful he was to the spon­sors that made do­na­tions to the grant pro­ject that kicked off the hik­ing-spe­cific trail: REI $20,000, Do­min­ion En­ergy $10,000, Al­tria $5,000 and Rag­nar Re­lay $500. “The co­op­er­a­tion be­tween all of them and their gen­eros­ity made it pos­si­ble for our new­est trail, which is justly named … ‘Co-op Trail,’” Elling­ton said.

The mul­ti­ple fi­nan­cial spon­sors and vol­un­teer la­bor made it pos­si­ble for the new trail that runs along the north shore of Swift Creek Lake to be carved out. Jeff Sa­muels, di­rec­tor of Hik­ing Trails with the Friends of Poc­a­hon­tas, ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the vol­un­teers, Vir­ginia State Parks staff and or­ga­nized work­ing groups from Al­tria who poured hours of la­bor into the sin­gle-use trail de­sired by the pub­lic.

[KRISTI K. HIG­GINS/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

Cel­e­brat­ing the open­ing of Co-op Trail at Poc­a­hon­tas State Park on Jan. 1 are (left to right) Grant Smith, man­ager at REI Rich­mond; Jeff Sa­muels, di­rec­tor of hik­ing trails with the Friends of Poc­a­hon­tas; Clark Jones, trails co­or­di­na­tor for Poc­a­hon­tas State Park; Poc­a­hon­tas State Park Ranger Red Fox; and Joshua Elling­ton, Poc­a­hon­tas State Park man­ager.

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