H Patrick Dunn, Jr
Hannah Phillips Hale
Julie Ann Pullen
Kurt and Gail Rheinheimer
Recently, local outdoor recreation areas have seen up to a 200% increase in usage. While it seems that we should be celebrating more people in our region getting outside and enjoying natural assets, it’s actually generating a lot of sudden, unanticipated wear and tear on already over-taxed resources. Parks, rivers, greenways, and public spaces don’t bounce back on their own and unfortunately, our region isn’t currently investing in these areas at a rate that will allow us to capitalize on our community strength.
Project Outside is a community fund to support outdoor capital improvement projects, maintain key outdoor assets, and help launch and support businesses in the outdoor sector. It is designed to help ensure that outdoor assets remain in top condition for residents and visitors.
Project Outside is a partnership between the Roanoke Outside Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and land managers of identified regional outdoor assets. Funds will be used to fill maintenance funding gaps in projects or initiatives and pool resources to tackle large-scale outdoor infrastructure projects.
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