Special Observance News
APRIL 27, 2018 – WARRENTON, VA
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL CEDAR LEE MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT
The Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the initiation of construction of the County’s first Safe Routes to School project! The shared-use path parallels Schoolhouse Road from Cedar Lee Middle School to Bowens Run, includes ADA improvements along Schoolhouse Road and the shared-use path extends from the corner of Remington and Schoolhouse Roads to and under the Rt. 17 overpass connecting to a trail in Waverly Station. Infrastructure improvements around the school include sidewalk improvement and repairs, bicycle and pedestrian crossing improvements, off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities and bicycle parking along Schoolhouse Road in front of the school. The project will be completed and open to all County citizens in July.
The Safe Routes to School program is a federally-funded program created to provide safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. The goal is to reverse the decline in children walking and bicycling to schools, increase kids' safety and reverse the alarming nationwide trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity. “This Safe Routes to School plan in Bealeton does just that. This community will be significantly safer and more walkable”, said Supervisor Chris Butler.
Walking and other non-motorized forms of transportation are an important component of healthy living and quality of life for Fauquier residents. As part of Parks and Recreation’s commitment to expanding mobility in Fauquier County, these improvements will provide access for school children and families who want to safely walk or bicycle to school, access recreational opportunities during non-school hours as well as serve as a recreation facility in their own right. “This is an appealing transportation alternative for many in this community who want to live a healthy and active lifestyle beginning at an early age” said David Graham, Parks and Recreation Board member.
“The benefits to Cedar Lee Middle School students and families cannot be understated. This project is coming to fruition because of the cooperation and partnerships of Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, Fauquier County School Board, Fauquier County Department of Parks and Recreation, Virginia Department of Transportation and Bonnie Kidwell, the project catalyst” added David Lee, Cedar Lee Middle School Principal.
Travel plan funding came from a $550,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation awarded in January, 2012. The Fauquier County Board of Supervisors provided the required remaining $107,372 in matching funds to complete funding of the project. The total cost of the project is $657,372.
Additionally, this project serves to bring the trail loop around Bealeton closer to completion with a connection to the future Foxmeade trail to the west and Waverly and Cedar Brook trails to the east and eventually connect to Mintbrook.
April 20, 2018 - Warrenton, VA
CALLING ALL TRAILS ENTHUSIASTS: NEW SECTION OF BROOKSIDE TRAILS NOW OPEN
Great news for Fauquier County! The Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the acquisition of a new section of trails in Brookside neighborhood. The new section of 2.5 additional miles of paved trails is now open to all County citizens.
Walking and other non-motorized forms of transportation are an important aspect of healthy living and quality of life for Fauquier residents. As part of Parks and Recreations commitment to expanding mobility in Fauquier County, these trails will provide vital access to other convenient trails, such as Vint Hill Farms in the future.
The trail traverses the following environs woods, edge, open space and parallels roads. The trail surface is paved with a slope that is friendly to strollers, bicycles and wheel chairs alike. Since the trail crosses several roads within Brookside, trail users will need to exercise pedestrian safety within crosswalks. Due to the close proximity to private property trail users are asked to be respectful. The trails are accessible from dawn to dusk, daily.
“Thanks to Brookside Communities for contributing this wonderful resource to the Fauquier County Connections Plan. With this section, the Department has added three miles of citizen trails within the Brookside development” said Parks and Recreation Board member, Clayton Lescalleet. For more information on location of the trail go to http://recreation.fauquiercounty.gov and click on Greenways and trails.