Riverwalk Phase II Approved and Fully Funded!
Updated: Mar 1
With a 6-1 vote, Hopewell City Council has approved the second phase of the Hopewell Riverwalk, allowing construction to begin in the coming months. Preliminary design, engineering, and permitting work was completed in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. In February of 2021, staff provided an update on the project to members of City Council and requested action on several items that would allow the project to proceed. The City Council vote authorized the City Manager to execute a construction contract and appropriated $252,000 to fully fund the project. The second phase includes an extension of the existing walkway from its western terminus to the Hopewell City Marina, adding approximately 1,400 linear feet and bringing the total length to more than 3,200 feet. The project also includes the construction of a new trailhead plaza at the marina and various other improvements for visitor access. The second phase of the project has been made possible with grant funding provided by Virginia's Recreational Trails Program (RTP), which is facilitated by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. The 80/20 grant program will contribute roughly $475,000 towards construction in phase two. Two firms will make-up the design/build team responsible for the project. Final design and engineering will be completed by AMT and construction will be performed by Docks of the Bay Marine Construction. The second phase of the project has been considerably more challenging than phase one, mostly because of private property. The planning team had to coordinate an easement with a private property owner, work collaboratively with Virginia American Water to traverse its pump station intake pipes, and coordinate with VDOT for the proper permissions to run the new trail under the State Route 10 bridge. City staff managing the project include Director of Recreation and Parks, Aaron Reidmiller, and Engineering Construction Manager, Austin Anderson. The project is also supported by the Department of Planning and Neighborhood Assistance and the City Manager's office. Construction is slated to begin in the coming months and should be completed by the end of 2021.
The first phase of the Hopewell Riverwalk has already proven to be one of the most heavily used waterfront amenities in the region. The project
received a Governor's Environmental Excellence Gold Medal Award in 2020 and was named Best New Facility (Greenways, Blueways, and Trails) of 2019 by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. The existing Riverwalk is part of the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River's Appomattox River Trail, a proposed 25-mile trail system that connects Hopewell to Dinwiddie via the river.