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U.Va. Real Estate Foundation, Rivanna Trails Foundation Blaze Trail At Fontaine Research Park

May 24, 2001-- The University of Virginia Foundation is collaborating with the Rivanna Trails Foundation to complete a segment of the Rivanna Trail, part of a nearly complete 20-mile walking trail encircling the city of Charlottesville.

The U.Va. Foundation granted a land easement to the Rivanna Trails Foundation to build a one-mile rustic trail in the Fontaine Research Park. The trail will run through forest and floodplains around the perimeter of the 54-acre research park.

This easement, in addition to others the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Forestry, Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville have granted in the area, will allow the path to run from Fontaine Avenue to Stribling Avenue. The Fontaine portion of the trail will connect to four miles of trail that the Rivanna Trails Foundation already has built on University land behind the JAG School, the Law School, the Darden School, and Observatory Hill. It will also link to a one-mile nature trail loop already existing on state Forestry property.

"The generosity of the University of Virginia Foundation in helping to make this possible is wonderful," Diana Foster, vice-president of the Rivanna Trails Foundation said. "This specific link of the trail allows us to provide a wilderness experience close to the city."

The footpath, which Rivanna Trails Foundation and volunteers will maintain, benefits the Charlottesville and Albemarle communities, as well as the approximately 1,000 people who work at Fontaine Research Park.

"It's a good thing for the community, a good thing for the University, and a good thing for the research park," said Bruce B. Stouffer, director of real estate development for the University of Virginia Foundation. "Through our collaboration with the Rivanna Trails Foundation, we are pleased to promote physical fitness and a high quality of life through encouraging people to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Fontaine Research Park."

On June 9, in celebration of National Trails Day, members of the Rivanna Trails Foundation will gather at the Fontaine Research Park to build the trail. Volunteers are welcome and should wear long pants and bring gloves and tools, such as hand clippers, loppers, pruning saws, rakes, shovels and mattocks if they have them.

Trail construction starts at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided for workers at noon. Volunteers should contact Diana Foster at (804) 964-1022 or dfoster@newventure.com.

Contact: Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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