WHEREAS, the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center of Virginia (LCEC) is an educational center for visitors of all ages commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and
WHEREAS, the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville have demonstrated their support of LCECís mission by granting a long-term lease of land in Darden Towe Park, participation by the City Parks and Recreation Department in the boatbuilding program for youths, donation of office space by Albemarle County, and participation by area schools in LCEC programs; and
WHEREAS, the LCEC has applied for $300,000.00 in Transportation Enhancement Funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation which, when combined with other grant funds, will be used to construct a 2,500 square foot visitorís center, develop a system of interpretive hiking trails, and create a ferry boat crossing to allow pedestrian passage across the Rivanna River to the greenbelt trails in Pen Park; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors strongly supports the educational mission of the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, and values the LCEC as an important community resource;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of Albemarle County, Virginia, strongly supports the grant application made by the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center of Virginia for $300,000.00 in Transportation Enhancement Funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
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