By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Apr. 9, 2018 | 1:15 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George County Parks & Recreation, and Friends of the Lower Appomattox River held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 24, officially opening the new-and-improved canoe/kayak launch at the Appomattox Regional Riverside Park. The ceremony came just in time for the spring boating season!
The launch provides the only public boat access in Prince George to the vast tidal section of Scenic Appomattox River, which converges with the James River at the City Point area of Hopewell.
The completion of the improved launch project marks another milestone in the continuing efforts to improve and increase public access to the Appomattox River by FOLAR. FOLAR is a nonprofit group that helped create the park, and worked alongside Prince George County to complete the much-improved-launch. Also, a partner in the project of upgrading and improving the launch, was the Riverside Regional Jail, which is located near the park site.
The new self-launch system is consistent with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The launch allows users to enter their kayaks or canoes, and slide into the water at the beginning of the trip, as opposed to carrying the vessels into the river and then entering. There is also a much-easier paddle-up at the conclusion of a canoe or kayak ride. Handrails are also included for balance and stability. The launch is also conveniently located near drop-off and parking areas.
Additional park features include over 67-acres of wooded trails, with an observation pier on the Appomattox River, Educational Shelter, Riverside Picnic Pavilion with Grill, a 10-station “Fitness Trail,” and Restroom Facility. The trailhead parking has 10 + parking spots.
“FOLAR takes great pride in working with the community on projects such as this new canoe/kayak launch and the Spring river cleanups that improve access and usability of the Appomattox River,” said Ken Newman, Chair, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River.
The park is located at 800 FOLAR Trail, off of River Road, just beyond Route 295, in Prince George County.
It’s encouraging to know that FOLAR works in partnership with communities and other organizations to conserve and protect the Appomattox River for all to enjoy.