Community Response Needed Now to Leverage
Newly Received Grant from The Cabell Foundation
UPDATE: Thanks to generous community support, the funding goal for construction of The Trails at the MSV has been reached! Donations received above the cost of construction will fund landscaping and maintenance of The Trails at the MSV. Donate Here.
Winchester, VA 11/23/2018 . . . Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) Executive Director Dana Hand Evans today announced that a challenge grant received from The Cabell Foundation of Richmond means the MSV could achieve its fundraising goal for The Trails at the MSV if the community donates $182,000 by December 31 of this year.
Combined with an existing matching grant from the Glass–Glen Burnie Foundation, The Cabell Foundation grant means that every dollar donated for the project through year’s end is matched at a rate of three to one.
“This is an amazing opportunity, and community response is critical now if we are to achieve it,” says Evans, who explains that because the deadline for matching funds from the Glass–Glen Burnie Foundation is December 31, failure to raise the needed remaining $182,000 by that time forfeits the three-to-one matching opportunity.
With a total project goal now up to $9 million—due to rising construction costs over the past year and a required expansion of the storm water management system to accommodate future improvements to the entire MSV site—these matching grants effectively mean the MSV has had to raise less than half the project cost from other sources, including individual donors, businesses, and state and private grants. Now, says Director Evans, these matching grants provide the community with an unprecedented chance to leverage its contributions and achieve what will be the largest art park in the state of Virginia.
The Trails at the MSV project will open 90 acres of the 214-acre MSV landscape to the public as a free-admission park with more than 3 miles of trails for walking, hiking, and biking. Traversing through fields, woods, and wetlands, the trails will be accentuated with outdoor art installations. The project preserves more than 80 acres of the MSV landscape—the largest green space in the City of Winchester—as farm fields where cows will continue to graze.
Along with providing trails available on a year-round basis, the project includes a new Amherst Street entrance and access road into the MSV site, new environmentally friendly parking lots at the trailhead and in front of the museum building, a new storm water management system for the site, and scenic overlooks.
The Trails at the MSV, on which construction of funded portions has already begun, will connect to the City of Winchester’s Green Circle and be accessible from pedestrian entrances near the Old John Kerr School (future Winchester Public School Innovation Center), at the end of Jefferson Street, and at the northeastern corner of the MSV property on Amherst Street (near the Wellspring building).
Those interested in donating to the project may do so at www.theMSV.org/Trails. To encourage community participation, the MSV is launching a “Trailsgiving” promotion. From November 26 through December 31, one donor from the previous week will be drawn to win a tote bag emblazoned with the trails logo and including a refillable trails water bottle and a thermal trails wine glass. Winners will be announced on social media and contacted by the MSV.
Additional information about The Trails at the MSV, including a site map and a list of frequently asked questions, is also available online at www.theMSV.org/Trails.
A regional cultural center that attracts nearly 72,000 visitors yearly and has more than 2,100 members, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes galleries, the Glen Burnie House, and seven acres of gardens; in Fiscal Year 2017–18, the Museum presented 335 programs that engaged 23,559 people of all ages. The galleries and exhibitions are open year-round; the house and gardens are open April through December.–END–
MSV Begins Construction to Transform 90 Acres into Free-admission Park with Three Miles of Trails;
Final Fundraising Phase Seeks to Raise $1.1 Million
All Are Invited to Free Community Update Session on April 23; Wide Range of Information Also Now Available at www.themsv.org/Trails
Winchester, VA, 4/20/2018 . . . At a groundbreaking ceremony today, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) Executive Director Dana Hand Evans will announce that construction of a much-anticipated project, The Trails at the MSV, is beginning.
In addition, Evans will announce, the final push to raise $1.1 million to complete the project is underway with the launch of a new website, www.themsv.org/Trails. The new site will allow people to sign up for free tours of the future trails (June 6 and July 7), ask questions about the project, get the latest project news, see a map of the trails and concept images of its highlights, and make the project happen by donating online.
Today’s announcement follows that of four years ago when Director Evans unveiled the MSV plan to open 90 acres of its 214-acre landscape as a free-admission park open year-round. The park will include more than three miles of trails for walking, running, and biking. Traversing through fields, woods, and wetlands, the trails will be accentuated with outdoor art installations. The project preserves more than 80 acres of the MSV landscape—the largest green space in the City of Winchester—as farm fields where cows will continue to graze.
Since the initial announcement of The Trails at the MSV, says Director Evans, $5 million has been raised toward the total project cost of $7.2 million, leaving a gap of $2.2 million. Evans notes that thanks to a grant from the Glass–Glen Burnie Foundation, which matches every dollar donated, only $1.1 million is now needed to make The Trails at the MSV a reality. Today Evans will ask the community to join the effort to build and open The Trails in 2019 by donating to the project at www.themsv.org/Trails.
Along with providing trails, the project that gets underway today includes a new Amherst Street entrance and access road into the MSV site, new parking lots at the trailhead and in front of the museum building, and scenic overlooks. The Trails at the MSV will connect to the City of Winchester’s Green Circle and be accessible from pedestrian entrances near the Old John Kerr School (future Winchester Public School Innovation Center), at the end of Jefferson Street, and at the northeastern corner of the MSV property on Amherst Street (near the Wellspring building).
Among those who are expected to be on hand to celebrate today’s groundbreaking are the first and most recent donors to the trails project. Special guests will include, Rupert Werner, who along with his late wife Kathryn Perry Werner, made the first gift to the project to fund the new scenic entrance road that will wind through pastures to the Museum. Members of The Little Garden Club of Winchester, which just this week presented a donation of $20 thousand to the MSV to install a wildflower garden at the new Amherst Street entrance, will also be in attendance. Officials from The City of Winchester also are anticipated to attend today’s groundbreaking and celebrate funding totaling $1,383,887 from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) programs, which resulted from the city’s partnership with the MSV.
Today’s groundbreaking ceremony will conclude with Director Evans’s invitation to all who are interested to attend a Community Update Session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, to learn more about The Trails at the MSV. Admission is free, but due to space limitations, those interested in attending are encouraged to register at www.theMSV.org or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Evans will also encourage those interested in The Trails at the MSV to access the wide variety of information available about the project at www.themsv.org/Trails and to join others around the community who are helping make this new park happen with their financial contributions. According to Evans, gifts of any amount are welcomed and will make a difference.
A regional cultural center that attracts nearly 65,000 visitors yearly and has 1,700 members, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes galleries, the Glen Burnie House, and seven acres of gardens; in Fiscal Year 2016–17, the Museum presented 335 programs that engaged more than 27,000 people of all ages. The galleries and exhibitions are open year-round; the house and gardens are open April through December.–END–
Release Date: April 20, 2018
Contact: Julie B. Armel, 540- 662-1473, ext. 225, [email protected]