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Celebrate the Opening of The Glowline on October 29, 2022
October 21, 2022

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is celebrating the completion of The Glowline with a ribbon cutting and Glow Party on October 29 from 5 to 7pm. The Glowline is the first-of-its-kind amenity on the East Coast and is located on the Elizabeth River Trail that  runs through Jeff Robertson Park in West Ghent.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Awarded $1,500 Retain Your Rain Grant
October 17, 2022

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, in partnership with The Garden Club of Norfolk, have been awarded a $1,500 Retain Your Rain Grant from the City of Norfolk’s Office of Resilience. The grant will help support the installation of a rain garden and ecological greenway at Jeff Robertson Park along the trail. The Olmsted Rain Garden will honor the father of American Landscape, Frederick Olmsted, who created Central Park and believed a city is only as great as its parks.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Announces the Elizabeth River Run 10k Back on September 4
September 1, 2022

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, in partnership with Tidewater Striders Run Club, will be hosting the 43rd Annual Elizabeth River Run 10K and mile races on September 4, 2022, presented by Sentara. The race has become a Hampton Roads legacy and anticipates over 800 participants from Virginia and across the country. The race will begin at 7:45 AM at Old Dominion University and finish at the Port of Virginia.

Morgan Willett joins Elizabeth River Trail Foundation as Assistant Director
August 1, 2022

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Morgan Willett as assistant director. Willett will coordinate more than 225 volunteers who help maintain the trail and assist with the 125+ events throughout the year including the Elizabeth River Run scheduled for September 4.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Breaks Ground on The Glowline
July 5, 2022

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation breaks ground on its newest amenity, The Glowline, at Jeff Robertson Park in Norfolk. This first-of-its-kind amenity on the East Coast, The Glowline is an 800-foot luminous path.

National Celebrate Trails Day is April 23
April 18, 2022

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is hosting a day full of exciting events to celebrate the start of trail season—and officially open a new trailhead at Harbor Park’s Water Street Open Space.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Announces A Jam-Packed Trail Season
April 6, 2022

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation has organized a fun-filled and jam-packed season of activities offering something for everyone. Building on its community partnerships, the ERTF offers its most comprehensive season yet. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Names Kindra Greene as Executive Director
October 18, 2021

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is pleased to announce that Kindra McDonald Greene has been named the executive director. She will lead the organization and oversee administration, finance, project management, fundraising and marketing.

Explore Norfolk’s Backyard Like Never Before
March 29, 2021

The Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Spaces, and the Virginia Zoo have teamed up to show their backyards offer something for everyone.

Elizabeth River Trail Offers Something For Everyone – Even Nature Lovers
March 24, 2021

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation has organized a special series of tours and events for nature lovers along the trail. All events are FREE, and space is limited to ensure safety precautions for all participants.

The Elizabeth River Run 10k Returns Home to Norfolk on Memorial Day Weekend
March 3, 2021

The 42nd Annual Elizabeth River Run 10k is returning home to Norfolk on May 29, 2021. After fifteen years in Portsmouth, the 6.2-mile race will return with an all-new course on the iconic Elizabeth River Trail.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Awarded Retain Your Rain Grant
January 27, 2021

Norfolk’s Office of Resilience awarded the Elizabeth River Trail (ERT) Foundation a Retain Your Rain grant that will fund much-needed soil remediation and new trees at the new Plum Point Park Trailhead obstacle course site.

The Future is in the Margins
October 20, 2020

Norfolk Arts and the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation are pleased to present Norfolk’s newest work of public art, The Future is in the Margins, by artist Deedee Morrison at the Larchmont Library Trailhead.

Final Stage of Plum Point Park Trailhead Construction Begins in September
September 14, 2020

To ensure that additions to this hidden gem remained true to the spirit of the site. ERTF partnered with the park’s original designers, WPL, to find the perfect way to maintain the rolling landscape and gorgeous riverfront views.

The Elizabeth River Trail Obstacle Course Opens Today
September 5, 2020

The obstacle course will officially open for public enjoyment at 1 p.m. This project was made possible by the ERT Foundation with grant funding from KOMPAN and the SunTrust Foundation and additional support from ADS, Inc., Ann P. Stokes Landscape Architects, Elizabeth River Crossing, Furniture Classics, Miller’s Energy, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Unveils Major Donor Sculpture by Ellenburg & Shaffer Glass and steel sails honor donors in $4-million capital campaign
July 8, 2020

 Inspired by Norfolk’s dynamic waterfront, the elegant design features three freestanding sails fabricated in glass and steel. 

Lily Sun Joins Elizabeth River Trail Foundation as Events and Volunteer Coordinator
March 24, 2020

Sun will coordinate more than 225 volunteers who help maintain the trail and assist with the 125+ events throughout the year including the Elizabeth River Run scheduled for September 4. 

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Reaches $4 Million Capital Campaign Goal
March 18, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation has raised $4 million, reaching its Phase I capital campaign fundraising goal. These investments will be used to enhance the Elizabeth River Trail, and $10,000 + donors will be acknowledged in a sculpture to be installed along the trail.

Dita Beard Joins Elizabeth River Trail Foundation as Assistant Director
March 9, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is pleased to announce that Dita Beard has been named the assistant director. She will support the organization through community outreach, volunteer coordination, marketing, and events.

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Collaborating with Local and National Architecture and Engineering Firms to Develop new Trailheads
February 11, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation welcomed over a dozen architecture, engineering, and landscape architecture to their first master planning session of 2020.

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Receives New Grants to Develop Obstacle Course and Additional Improvements at Plum Point Park Trailhead
October 1, 2019

The Elizabeth River Trail (ERT) Foundation is pleased to announce new grant awards from Kompan and REI to fund exciting new projects at the Plum Point Park Trailhead.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Receives $200,000 Grant From The Hampton Roads Community Foundation
April 24, 2019 

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation will allocate the grant over two years to add amenities to the 10.5-mile, multi-use pedestrian and bike trail.

Hit The Elizabeth River Trail For ‘Opening Day For Trails’ on April 13
April 8, 2019

On April 13, people across the nation kick off the trail season by hitting their favorite trails for a walk, run, ride, or special event. In true ‘Choose-Your-Adventure’ fashion, the ERT Foundation has partnered with dozens of community organizations to host pop-up events and activities along the 10.5-mile trail.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Names Cheryl White as Executive Director
May 1, 2018

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is pleased to announce that Cheryl White has been named the executive director. She will lead the organization and oversee administration, finance, marketing, fundraising, and master planning.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Announces Major Enhancements and Investments
April 16, 2018

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation announced today significant investment partners for its $4 million capital campaign. Lead investors include the City of Norfolk ($500,000); Sentara Healthcare ($500,000), TowneBank ($250,000) and PRA Group ($250,000).

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Morgan Willett joins Elizabeth River Trail Foundation as Assistant Director
august 1, 2022

Morgan Willett joins Elizabeth River Trail Foundation as assistant director. Willett will coordinate more than 225 volunteers who help maintain the trail and assist with the 125+ events throughout the year including the Elizabeth River Run scheduled for September 4.

Glow for a walk: Upgrades to section of Elizabeth River Trail will make the path light up in the dark
July 17, 2022

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is replacing aging asphalt — which wasn’t graded properly and was plagued by pooling water — with glow stones that will absorb sunlight throughout the day, then glow at night, without any electricity.

Elizabeth River Trail to get glow-in-the-dark section at Norfolk’s Jeff Robertson Park
July 5, 2022

The trail will have light-sensitive stones that will absorb UV/UB sunlight during the day and glow an intense green during the night.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Breaks Ground on The Glowline
July 5, 2022

This first-of-its-kind amenity on the East Coast, The Glowline is an 800-foot luminous path. The concrete trail is embedded with light-sensitive aggregate stones that will absorb UV/UB sunlight during the day and glow an intense green during the night.

What to Do Along the Elizabeth River Trail
June 22, 2022

Starting out in our thriving Downtown, the trail winds you through historic neighborhoods and campuses and ends in the beautiful neighborhood of Lochhaven. The ERT is trickled with breweries and delicious restaurants along the way, and if you are not familiar with our city, it’s a great lookbook to a day in the life of a Norfolkian.

National Trails Day is here, and the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is celebrating
April 23, 2022

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are hosting an event to celebrate the latest development on the 10.5 mile urban trail:  the new trailhead at Harbor Park’s Water Street.

ERT Foundation opens new trailhead on National Celebrate Trails Day
April 23, 2022

The day was full of events to celebrate the start of trail season and the official opening of a new trailhead at Harbor Park’s Water Street Open Space. ERT Executive Director, Kindra Greene, says she hopes this brings community awareness to the area.

Kindra Greene takes on executive director role at ERT Foundation
December 16, 2021

A bracing New Year’s Day walk at First Landing State Park in 2019 changed Kindra Greene’s life and set her on a path that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth River Trail, though she didn’t realize it at the time.

Elizabeth River Run 10K returns to Norfolk on Memorial Day weekend
March 23, 2021

The annual 6.4-mile race is returning to Norfolk for its 42nd year with an all-new course to be exclusively held on the iconic Elizabeth River Trail. The race will host 1,000 runners which will begin at Old Dominion University and finish at the Port of Virginia.

The Elizabeth River Run 10k Returns Home to Norfolk on May 29
March 23, 2021

“We are excited to welcome the return of the Elizabeth River Run for its 42nd year and inaugural 10K along the vibrant path of Norfolk’s Elizabeth River Trail,” said Norfolk Mayor, Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Ph.D.

The Elizabeth River Run 10k Returns Home To Norfolk On Memorial Day Weekend
March 23, 2021

After fifteen years in Portsmouth, the 6.2-mile race will return with an all-new course on the iconic Elizabeth River Trail.

Elizabeth River Run returns to Norfolk after 15-year stint in Portsmouth
March 21, 2021

After 15 years in Portsmouth, the Elizabeth River Run 10K will return to Norfolk in 2021. The event, in its 42nd year, will be the first race to be exclusively held on the Elizabeth River Trail, with runners beginning on the Old Dominion campus and crossing the finish line in a park at the Port of Virginia.

17 trees planted at new Plum Point Park Trailhead obstacle course in Norfolk thanks to recent grant
FEBRUARY 6, 2021

Thanks to a recent grant, 17 trees were planted at the new Plum Point Park Trailhead obstacle course Saturday. The trees were possible due to Norfolk’s Office of Resilience being awarded the Elizabeth River Trail (ERT) Foundation a Retain Your Rain grant.

Prescribe-a-Trail Introduced Along the Elizabeth River Trail
November 9, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation and EVMS Residency Program invite you to get fit and rejuvenated during the first Prescribe-A-Trail event on Nov. 14 at 9 am.

ELIZABETH RIVER TRAIL ADDS CREATIVE WATERFRONT FITNESS TOOLS
November 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many of us to move our exercising from the gym to the outdoors. A recently completed outdoor obstacle course, part of the Elizabeth River Trail, gives anyone the tools to get a SEAL-team-like workout right next to the river.

Test your strength and agility at a new obstacle course on the Elizabeth River Trail
September 5, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation hosted a ribbon-cutting to officially open the trail. The new obstacle course is called the Double Turbo Challenge Course.

Ready for a challenge? New Elizabeth River Trail obstacle course opens September 5
September 3, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail (ERT) Foundation announced that the new obstacle course at the Plum Point Park Trailhead opens Saturday, September 5.

Elizabeth River Trail obstacle course to open September 5
September 2, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation announced the opening date for a new obstacle course in Norfolk on Wednesday.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Unveils Major Donor Sculpture by Ellenburg & Shaffer Glass and steel sails honor donors in $4-million capital campaign
July 16, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is thrilled to announce the completion of its major donor sculpture, THREE, by local artists Ellenburg & Shaffer during a virtual ribbon cutting on July 13 at 10 am.

New sculpture unveiled along the Elizabeth River Trail
July 13, 2020

City leaders cut the ribbon on “THREE” Monday morning. The sculpture, created by local artists Ellenburg & Shaffer, features three free-standing sails made of glass and steel.

Elizabeth River Trail making substantial improvements
April 8, 2020

Come September, riders and joggers on the Elizabeth River Trail will notice significant upgrades to the city’s 10.5-mile trail that runs from Norfolk State University to the Port of Virginia.

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Reaches Capital Campaign Goal
March 18, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation has raised $4 million, reaching its Phase I capital campaign fundraising goal.

ERT Collaborates with Architecture and Engineering Firms
February 17, 2020

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation recently welcomed 16 architecture, engineering, and landscape architecture firms to its first master planning session of 2020.

Business Notes for the week of Oct. 21
October 16, 2019

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation has been awarded grants that will fund work on the first of 11 trailheads to be developed on its 10.5 miles of urban riverfront trail.

Phase 1 of the Elizabeth River Trail enhancement project is nearly finished

To celebrate the near completion of Phase 1 and the donor that helped the trail along the way, the foundation  has designed a Major Donor Sculpture.

Journey to a new Elizabeth River Trail underway
June 1, 2019

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation wants to transform the Norfolk path into the “most iconic riverfront trail in the country,” according to its website.

KOMPAN AWARDS FIVE MATCHED FUNDING GRANTS
May 10, 2019

KOMPAN announced the winners of the Matched Funding Grant campaign. This is KOMPAN’s second annual campaign focused on helping community groups, schools and cities increase the size of their inclusive play spaces or interactive fitness areas.

Elizabeth River Trail hosting ‘Opening Day For Trails’ event

The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation is hosting pop-up events and activities along its 10.5-mile trail in celebration of “Opening Day for Trails” Saturday.

Some Norfolk commuters would rather bike to work
April 9, 2019

While most commuters in Hampton Roads put the pedal to the metal of their personal vehicles, there are those who prefer to pedal their bicycles.

Nauticus’ ‘Party on the Pier’ to unveil large-scale pier mural
August 22, 2018

Nauticus will debut the region’s first large-scale pier mural during its second “Party on the Pier” August 23.

5 Best Bike Paths in Coastal Virginia
April 23, 2018

Many Coastal Virginia cities are paving the way for cyclists to discover more with paths in their community and parks next to nature and wildlife. So whether you’re riding your bicycle, unicycle, tricycle, or three seats in tandem, we’re rolling out our five top trails for bike riding.

Editorial: Upgraded Elizabeth River Trail will be a gem for Norfolk
April 19, 2018

SUPPORTERS OF the Elizabeth River Trail in Norfolk have an ambitious goal to create “the most iconic urban riverfront trail in the country.”

PRA Group Donates $250,000 to Elizabeth River Trail
April 20, 2018

PRA Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:PRAA), a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, announced it has donated $250,000 to the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation to improve and enhance the waterfront trail in the City of Norfolk.