Riverside Health System Foundation, Inc., has awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant to the Friends of the National Park Service for Green Spring in support of the organization’s activities on behalf of Historic Green Spring in James City County.

Rick Pearce, president and CEO of Riverside Health System, presented a check for the first half of the Foundation’s contribution to the local volunteer group.

“Green Spring is a great historic treasure. Riverside is pleased to be a partner in the Friends’ effort not only to preserve it, but also to open it up for the public,” Pearce said.

The grant, which provides $25,000 in 2005 and another $25,000 in 2006, will be used to help fund "access infrastructure" (water & sewer hookups, turning lanes, plus a modern driveway and parking lot) to be built on the 308-acre site, according to Dan Lovelace, president of the Friends of Green Spring.

Owned and managed by the National Park Service, Green Spring was home to Sir William Berkeley, Virginia’s most influential colonial governor, and is “the keystone completing the Colonial National Historical Park, and a vital component in the seamless web of America's early history to be found within the Williamsburg area's Historic Triangle,” Lovelace said.

“We are very grateful for the two-year Riverside Foundation grant, which is the largest one we’ve received to date,” Lovelace said. “ We will be using it to encourage matching funds from other corporate and foundation sources to help finance the site improvements necessary to give the public access to Green Spring.”

Published: February 1, 2005