PRINCE GEORGE - Volunteers with Walmart Distribution Center in Dinwiddie County joined forces with a local group to build a fitness trail at the Appomattox River Regional Park.
The volunteers joined forces with FOLAR - Friends of the Lower Appomattox River - and the Prince George County Parks and Recreation on Monday and Tuesday to build the trail that stretches one-third of a mile and includes 10 fitness stations.
Other work to be done will include trail clearing, laying stone, grass cutting, bridge building and other park maintenance.
"This park is all about volunteers, grants and little taxpayer dollars," said FOLAR co-chairman Wayne Walton.
The overall project will cost about $6,000.
Walmart, through its distribution center and its Volunteerism Always Pays program, provided the majority of the labor for the two-day event. The Walmart volunteers plan to give a $5,000 grant to put towards the project. Walmart in the past has partnered with FOLAR on projects at Ferndale Park in Dinwiddie County and a project at Lee Memorial Park in Petersburg.
The trail project is part of a regional effort to create infrastructure along the Appomattox River where citizens can access the river and enjoy its unique and irreplaceable setting.
The Appomattox River Regional Park is part of a regional trail system that will one day be a 22-mile trail along the lower Appomattox River.
The park is a signature project of FOLAR, which operates under the umbrella of the Crater Planning District Commission. Since 2003, the park has grown from an original 25 acres to 67 acres of woodland trails, pavilions, bathrooms, a fishing pier, canoe launch, stone bridge, overlooks and wood bridges over wetlands. It has been a true volunteer effort, including many partners.
The Appomattox River Regional Park is located along the Appomattox River behind the Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George County.