Eden To Create Matrimony Creek Nature Trail With $100,000 Grant From Duke Energy

News Release  •  May 16, 2017  •  M. Dougherty, City of Eden Economic Development Director

(Eden, NC) – The City of Eden received a $100,000 grant to continue its commitment to protecting and enhancing regional waterways and the environment by creating the Matrimony Creek Nature Trail on the western section of the city. The grant is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million commitment from Duke Energy.

The City of Eden is one of 14 organizations across North and South Carolina to collectively receive more than $1 million in the fifth grant announcement. The Water Resources Fund is a multi-year commitment that will leave a legacy of improved water quality, quantity and conservation in the Carolinas and neighboring regions.

“This grant will help us provide a trail on the western part of our community.” said Wayne Tuggle, Mayor of Eden. “We thank Duke Energy for its support and are eager to launch this project so that we can continue our efforts to provide more walkable areas for our citizens. Duke Energy has been a vital partner in our trail projects.”

The grant will enable the city to build an approximately one-mile nature trail along Matrimony Creek. The trail will begin on Washington Street at Hampton Heights Baptist Church and extend north to Price Road. It will follow the picturesque Matrimony Creek that includes waterfalls and rock formations at the north end of the trail.

“Duke Energy is committed to protecting and restoring the rivers and waterways that are valuable resources for our communities and the regional economy,” said Cari Boyce, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “We look forward to our partnership with the City of Eden and the impact this grant will have in the northern Piedmont area of North Carolina.”

Investment decisions are carefully reviewed by the Water Resources Fund committee, an independent body that includes five environmental experts and two Duke Energy employees. Selected projects are chosen on several criteria, including whether the project is science-based and research-supported.

Duke Energy anticipates two grant announcements per year over the course of the Water Resources Fund. Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for more information on how to apply and register for the session.

The City of Eden is located in northern Rockingham County and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017. As a result of Duke Energy funding to the Rockingham Community Foundation and the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund, Eden has been able to initiate four trail projects since 2015. This coincides with the city’s emphasis on promoting its trails and two waterways, the Smith and Dan Rivers.

About Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.

Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com.

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