Real Estate Foundation, Rivanna Trails Foundation Blaze Trail At
Fontaine Research Park
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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."
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.
construction starts at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided for workers
at noon. Volunteers should contact Diana Foster at (804) 964-1022
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298