Parks and Recreation
April 24, 2019
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — At its regular meeting on April 24, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors recognized the Parks and Recreation Department, which was recently named a recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award – Gold Medal Winner for the Dutch Gap Relic River Trail and Water Access. Governor Ralph Northam announced the award recipients last month at the annual Environment Virginia Symposium held in Lexington, VA in late March.
The awards, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, recognize innovative projects with significant environmental contributions in four categories. Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation’s project won in the Implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan category. The Dutch Gap Relic River Boardwalk includes 148 feet of elevated boardwalk and 400 feet of floating boardwalk with a canoe/kayak launch, which are fully handicapped-accessible for wildlife observation and boating. Interpretive signage links cultural and natural history and enhances the wetland experience for park visitors.
The Dutch Gap Relic River Boardwalk opened in February 2018. It is located at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 341 Henricus Park Road, Chester.