Supervisor LaPisto-Kirtley starting a parks foundation for Albemarle

Many localities across Virginia have a private foundation that works to raise money to support their park systems. This week, one member of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors told her colleagues she is working to start one. 

“I am exploring starting a parks foundation with a group of people and I would look for the Board’s support in doing that,” said Supervisor Bea LaPisto-Kirtley of the Rivanna District. “This is very similar to the Police Foundation.”

The Albemarle School Board has a public foundation as well. Four of LaPisto-Kirtley’s colleagues expressed support for the idea.

“It really would be a benefit to our community and while it’s not a Board of Supervisors’ action, our community throughout the county and the region will benefit from the work that you are bring forward,” said Chair Donna Price. 

LaPisto-Kirtley said Supervisor Ned Gallaway also supported the idea but he was not present at the beginning of the meeting. 

As for parks, other localities that have a foundation include Fairfax CountyVirginia BeachPrince William County, and Orange County.  

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