“An area land-conservation group has purchased 42 acres of property along the Appomattox River, and part of that land will be used to extend the development of the long-planned Appomattox River Trail linking Hopewell with Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties.
Capital Region Land Conservancy [CRLC] announced last week it bought the privately owned property for $2.4 million. The property is located near the falls of the river, and CRLC has joined forces with the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River [FOLAR] and Chesterfield County government to extend the trail an extra half-mile, from the Virginia State University campus in the east to VSU’s Randolph Farm in the west.
FOLAR said in a statement that the agreement “fills an important missing link” in the 25 miles of trails along the Appomattox because it will create an intersection with the 42-mile planned Fall Line Trail that will run north-south between Petersburg and Ashland in Hanover County.
CRLC executive director Parker Agelasto referred to the purchase as “the final piece in the puzzle” of a seven-year plan to improve southern Chesterfield’s riverfront. CRLC agreed last year to buy the property from Josh and Ingrid Greenwood, and financed the deal through $1.725 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding from Chesterfield County, a $375,00 grant from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and $150,000 grant from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.”
This article is shared from an article by Bill Atkinson published in The Progress Index on August 8, 2022. Continue reading at The Progress Index.