Blue Ridge Parkway receives $740,000 to complete projects along scenic route
March 07, 2013
The Blue Ridge Parkway recently received $740,000 from its namesake foundation to complete important projects and continue programming that might have otherwise been jeopardized by the recent sequestration budget cuts, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. The funding approval came through just after the announcement of the sequestration reduction, which is expected to decrease federal funding for the parkway by $784,000 from its original fiscal year 2013 budget of $15.7 million, the source adds.
This funding is critical to see through a number of efforts that are already underway but required additional financial support to be completed, including projects to repair the waterwheel at Mabry Mill, build stone water fountain replacements, replace wayside panels that have been worn down, maintain the Price Lake trail and repair drainage systems at Mount Pisgah Campground.
Additionally, this support will allow the parkway to initiate new projects that were planned for 2013, including a music program at the Blue Ridge Music Center, the restoration of Bass Lake's Heart pond. This year's work also includes funding for Classrooms, an outreach program for children in Virginia and North Carolina, the Graveyards Enhancement project and trail improvements for the Abbott Lake Trail, which will make outdoor areas and trails accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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