Town of Madison Receives Grant to Study River Recreation
MADISON, NC: The Town of Madison has been awarded $15,000 from the RiverBank fund of the Danville Regional Foundation to study options for trails and other outdoor recreation along the Dan River and Big Beaver Island Creek. Duke Energy has been a major contributor to the fund, with a $250,000 donation in 2014 and in 2016.
“Recreational assets such as trails seem like passive assets in communities,” says Jenny Edwards, Program Manager for the Dan River Basin Association, “but study after study have shown that availability of trails contributes to lower obesity rates, increase a sense of community connections, and reduced stress. Trails hit all the buttons of community improvement through physical, psychosocial, and social mechanisms.”
Partners for the study are the Town of Madison, Dan River Basin Association, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, RoundRock Design, and West Rock Rivers & Trails Group. For more information on the Dan River study or how to participate, contact Jenny Edwards at (336) 339-6169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A regional advisory committee helps guide the development of the RiverBank Fund and the strategic disbursement of grants. Donations to the RiverBank Fund are still being sought from individuals, organizations and businesses that have interest in helping to improve the quality and caliber of life all along the Dan River. Donations may be made online at www.RiverBankFund.org.
The Dan River Basin Association is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to preserve and promote the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River Region.
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