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Request for Proposal – Trail Paving


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Email proposals sent to hbarrar@folar-va.org will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., February 13, 2020.

The Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) is requesting proposals from qualified Design-Build firms for the design, construction and project management of paving a 0.33-mile segment of trail and creating a trailhead sign area in the City of Petersburg. Email proposals sent to hbarrar@folar-va.org will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., February 13, 2020. Proposals should address all engineering services (e.g., activities required, sequencing/phasing, work products to be produced, etc.) necessary to complete the project.

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Appomattox River Trail Master Plan



PLAN Links:

ART Master Plan Part I-Front Sections 1 – 4

ART Master Plan Part I-Appendices A – F

ART Master Plan Part II Signage-Final-entire

Hopewell and Petersburg Neighborhood Trail Access (NTA) Plan

Presentation Link: Building the A.R.T. – A World Class Trail System 


Pictured above: Colonial Heights Appomattox River Trail

The Appomattox River Trail (ART) Master Plan is a guide to locating and prioritizing shared-use trails with a coordinated signage system through the six municipalities that border the lower Appomattox River. The area encompasses the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg. The document is presented in two parts. Part I focuses on the trail plan, and Part II focuses on the corresponding signage plan – a unique aspect of the project. The planned trail and signage offer walkers and cyclists safe, enjoyable connections to recreational opportunities, greenspace and nature, as well as connections to historic sites and structures, businesses, jobs, schools and transit.

The ART Master Plan was developed through a $100,000 proactive grant from The Cameron Foundation, and with the combined efforts of FOLAR and two consulting design companies – Land Planning and Design Associates as well as AB Design – along with significant input from regional stakeholders and the public.

Through a grant from the Crater Health District (CHD) under the Virginia Department of Health,  FOLAR was able to expand the the scope of the Appomattox River Trail planning project to include more engagement with Hopewell and Petersburg residents. The expanded scope focuses on neighborhoods along the river in the Cities of Hopewell and Petersburg  in order to help provide increased opportunities for residents to add more physical activity into their daily routines.

Link: Read the Master Plan PRESS RELEASE 


JOIN FOLAR or Make a Contribution to help build the trail!


For additional information contact:
Wendy Austin, FOLAR Executive Director at  Contactus@folar-va.org


Watch out for Poison Ivy

Leaflets of Three- Let Them Be!!!

A very important article was posted recently about a Duke study that poison ivy is thriving this summer and that its allergic toxin, urushoil is becoming three times as potent as before due to excess carbon in the atmosphere. So when out along the trails be aware of wear you and your kids are walking to avoid poison ivy contact.!!!

Appomattox Scenic River Designation

The entire 23 miles of the Appomattox River from Lake Chesdin in Chesterfield County, VA to the convergence with the James River at historic City Point in Hopewell, VA received Scenic River Designation by the Virginia General Assembly in 2011.

View a video from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation on the Scenic River Designation Process  https://youtu.be/qNKeXPiGvTo