Carter presented a progress report on the TriWay Trail, a 9.5mile bike and pedestrian trail to link the towns and attractions of Kilmarnock, Irvington and White Stone. In addition to walking and biking, Carter envisioned fitness equipment and art installations along the way.
Carter said the project is another way to attract visitors. “If we can get people here” through tourism, “people will want to live here,” he said. The trail would complement other developments.
A planning grant of $135,000 was awarded to the project last week from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation which Carter said would be used to pay for consultant services.
The project, according to Carter, falls under the Rails to Trails Conservancy. If awarded, the grant would pay for 80% of the project, with a 20% match required. “My hope is that the value of the right of ways will substantially close the gap of the 20% match,” Carter said.
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) announced $1,946,044 in grants for projects that create, expand, and make more accessible public open space in 25 localities. One of their top grantees was the TriWay. Read more here.