FOLAR and Walmart install fitness trail
By Sarah Steele Wilson
Oct 22, 2012, 13:48
photo by Sarah Steele Wilson Volunteers from Walmart Distribution Center drilled sign holes with an auger.
Area residents can now enjoy a new addition to Appomattox River Regional Park: A fitness trail installed by Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, The Prince George County Parks and Recreation Department and community partners.
The trail, with its 10 workout stations, will be the newest feature in the 48 acre wooded park, located on the banks of the Appomattox River behind Riverside Regional Jail.
“Walmart encourages that we try to get out in the community,” said Kevin Elliott, Area Manager for the Walmart Distribution Center in Dinwiddie, the source of most of the volunteer labor force that installed the stations along the path.
Through it Volunteerism Always Pays program, the distribution center expects to be able to present FOLAR with a $5,000 grant to put towards the project, in addition to the hours of work.
Elliott said the company tries to focus on projects that will improve the communities their associates call home.
FOLAR co-chair Wayne Walton said his group has partnered with Walmart before in order to improve local parks on the Appomattox.
“We thought this would be a nice addition,” he said looking at the partially completed trail on Tuesday morning.
On Monday and Tuesday, volunteers busied themselves clearing brush, installing fitness signs and spreading gravel around the bases.
Walton said the gravel was donated by Vulcan Materials and the woods by Jimmy Jones.
He said he hopes the trail will promote physical activity and encourage people to visit the park.
“This is a neat little place,” he said looking around the park. “Kind of woodsy.”