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2014 Battle or Paddle

Paddle Battle and Hooray

FOLAR’s signature event – “A huge success!” A record 60 paddlers joined the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River for the 7th Annual Battle or Paddle on Saturday.

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Volunteer with cleanups, water quality monitoring, projects, or become a member of FOLAR.  There are many ways to get involved!

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Beautiful Day for an Exciting Battle or Paddle!

2014 WINNERS: (L to R) Women (Over 50) - Therese Hillsman, Men (Over 50) - Joe Messier, Men (Under 50) - Jim Gould, FIRST PLACE (1 hr 39 min), Women (Under 50) - Anita Owens

Everyone had a great time enjoying the beautiful Appomattox River in this year's Battle or Paddle event.
FOLAR thanks each and every participant, partner/sponsor and volunteer for their tireless commitment in making this year's event the BEST EVER!

Wayne Walton, FOLAR Chair states, “I want to take the time to thank all who made this event possible and so successful. There are many but here goes. Virginia-American Water for sponsoring the event, Kenn Newman for his relentless promotion, Wendy Austin for her organizational skills, Crater staff especially Judy and Erin, Debbie Randolph for her donation of food for the event and Janice and Herbert Denton for cooking, FOLAR volunteers, Richard Taylor who thought up the original Paddle and continues to head it up, Hopewell news and Progress for coverage, Hopewell Mayor Mike Bujakowski for coming out along with Charlie Dane our new Assistant City Manager and thanks to the 60 participants (a record). Congratulations to Jim Gould our perenial winner along with the other winners. Already learning things to make next year even better. FOLAR rocks!!!”

Congratulations to all of the "Battle" race contestants - great job everyone!

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Building the Hopewell Riverwalk

Plans are underway to raise funds for the Hopewell Riverwalk
The Hopewell Riverwalk is an exciting new link in FOLAR’s Lower Appomattox River Blueway/Greenway and is a key part of the City of Hopewell’s Riverfront Plan. It will provide a scenic riverside walkway connecting the existing pier at Hopewell’s City Park to the John Randolph Medical Center. The location is just a few blocks from the Appomattox Regional Library and The Beacon Theater to the east and the newly renovated Hopewell Marina to the south – a developing area of the city’s economic, cultural, and environmental vitality. 
Hopewell City’s Riverfront Plan provides a guideline for improving the quality of life for its residents, stating:

  • the riverfront should be a resource enjoyed by all;
  • a destination that attracts residents and tourists alike through a variety of activities and experiences;
  • connected through increased and continuous pedestrian access; and
  • sustainable

The City of Hopewell announces - For every $2.00 raised for the Hopewell Riverwalk, $1.00 in matching funds will be provided. FOLAR is leading the community supported fund raising effort and will work to achieve this goal over the next twelve months through a combination of city, foundation, corporate, and individual donations. The Hopewell Riverwalk fund is an exciting venture for the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River. The thoughtful support of everyone who is served by the Appomattox River and surrounding trails, park lands, and wetlands is needed to achieve this goal. 

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Folar would like to thank some of our biggest sponsors for their generous contributions to help make FOLAR's goals a reality. Special thanks to American Water and Vulcan Materials for all that you do.


Eagle Scout Project

    FOLAR is working along with Ross Johnson of Troop 902 who is working to become an Eagle Scout, on a project to create posts containing historical site pamphlets at key points along the Appomattox River Heritage Trail.  The project is to place six posts along the trail labeled in accordance with the historical sites and the pamphlets will be placed in mailboxes mounted to these posts.  Ross needs FOLAR's help in getting this project done and is in search of volunteers to help place posts on June 22, 2013.  He plans to meet at Ferndale Park, so lets work together to preserve the natural history of this scenic trail.  Stay tuned for more details!!! (Image from

FOLAR Receives Dominion Grant

FOLAR was one of six organizations in the Richmond region to receive an environmental stewardship grant from the Dominion Foundation.  Read the article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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