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River advocacy group gets $1 million for trail-network project

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Wendy Austin, left, executive director of the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, introduces guests during a ceremony at Ferndale Appomattox Riverside Park in Dinwiddie County Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. The ceremony was held to announce a $1 million grant FOLAR received from the Petersburg-based Cameron Foundation.

DINWIDDIE — A group dedicated to creating a trail network along the Appomattox River announced Tuesday it has received a $1 million grant from the Petersburg-based Cameron Foundation to develop the trail’s western end and eventually link it with Chesterfield County by a hike-and-bike bridge over the river.

The grant, the first seven-figure donation to the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, will also be used in part to develop Ferndale Appomattox Riverside Park in Dinwiddie County just across the river from Matoaca in Chesterfield. FOLAR and the Cameron Foundation held a brief ceremony Tuesday morning alongside a canal that was first developed in the 18th century to establish navigation between Petersburg and the town of Farmville 65 miles to the west.

“The Cameron Foundation has been a longtime supporter and investor in FOLAR, and I can personally say we would not be the strong organization we are today and able to do as much for the community that we do right now without their partnership,” FOLAR executive director Wendy Austin said at the ceremony.

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