Roanoke County has received a federal grant to develop a system of trails off Merriman Road that will connect the new library with Penn Forest Elementary School, Darrell Shell Memorial Park, Starkey Park and the Merriman Soccer Complex.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, made the announcement this morning. His official press release follows:
GOODLATTE ANNOUNCES FEDERAL GRANT OF OVER $84,000 FOR ROANOKE COUNTY PARK AND TRAIL SYSTEM
WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Bob Goodlatte today announced that Roanoke County has been awarded a $84,250 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund which is administered by the National Park Service (NPS).
This important funding will be used for the construction of the Taylor Tract Park & Trail System, situated off of Merriman Road in Roanoke County. The park and trail system will be located on a 28-acre parcel of land that will also include the county’s new South County Library. The project calls for a system of walking and hiking trails that will link the new library with Penn Forest Elementary School, Darrell Shell Memorial Park, Starkey Park and the Merriman Soccer Complex. The project also includes a family picnic area, picnic shelter and wetland-enhancement program.
“I am pleased to announce that Roanoke County has been awarded this vital funding,” Goodlatte said. “This grant will ensure that the natural beauty surrounding the new South County Library and Penn Forest Elementary School is protected for future generations to enjoy.”
Roanoke County Administrator Elmer Hodge says construction on the library, park and trail system is expected to begin later this summer. “Roanoke County is excited by this outstanding opportunity to combine a park and trail system with our new library. With this funding, we will also be able to preserve and protect the wetlands that are a natural part of this area.”
The Land and Water Conservation Fund requires that all areas which have received grant funding be maintained in perpetuity as public outdoor recreation areas.