Through intense fundraising efforts involving The Friends of Pocahontas, rvaMORE, Molly's Bike Shop, and other generous contributors, a check for $210,000 was recently presented to Virginia State Parks for use to build a new parking facility at the Swift Creek Trailhead/Courthouse Rd.
The success of this fundraising effort can be attributed to several significant efforts including a raffle that raised more than $12,000, proceeds from the 2019 PocaGo race, an rvaMORE supported GoFundMe fundraiser, and the generous donation from local rider and Virginia resident, Jerry Guyant, who contributed a matching donation to reach the needed goal.
A ceremonial check was presented to Pocahontas State Park Manager Nathan Clark on Jan. 14, 2020. In turn, Clark presented the Friends of Pocahontas State Park with the 2019 Virginia State Parks Volunteer Organization of the Year Award. Clark noted that the group contributed a total of 28,000 volunteer hours in 2019, the equivalent of 13 full-time employees. Now that funding has been secured, DCR will seek bids to complete the project with an estimated start date in Spring 2020.