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Central Fauquier Region

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Central Region Facilities

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Central Region Office:

Warrenton Community Center
430 East Shirley Ave.
Warrenton, VA 20186
(540) 422-8560

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

James Lyon,
Central Region Superintendent

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Maintenance Supervisor

Ray Graham,
Recreation Program Coordinator

Audrey Queen
Senior Recreation Center Attendant


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Plans and Projects:

New Trails near Warrenton: The Central Region is excited to announce the addition of over 120 acres to our park and trail system.

White’s Mill Trail is a new 70 acre stream valley park near Warrenton open for biking, hiking and wildlife observation. The trail winds along the constructed wet lands bordering Cedar Run. In a September 2008 Bio-Blitz, 35 different species of birds were counted, and 55 types of shrubs/trees 10 types of insects and 55 different types of flowers, grasses and ground covers were observed.

Woods at Warrenton – 55 acres of property along Cedar Run are being deeded to the County as a proffer. The property contains constructed wetlands and will be used for a portion of the proposed loop trail around Warrenton. This portion will connect White’s Mill to Warrenton Chase. In the future it will have a parking area and serve as the trail head for both parks. Nature trails are also planned for the future to offer environmental education opportunities for this unique stream valley park. A TEA grant is being used to initiate planning for this portion of the trail.

The Lord Fairfax Connector Trail will eventually connect the Warrenton Branch Greenway and the Community College. Plans have been approved and construction is underway for a portion of the trail. Starting at the college lower parking area, approximately a half-mile of trail will be excavated and paved. Efforts and plans are in the works to acquire and develop portions of the Warrenton Branch that will add to this very popular trail.

These three trails will be part of the Fauquier County Connection Plan that was approved by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors on November 15, 2007. If you are interested in the trail system being established in Fauquier County and would like to donate your time, property or money toward the trail projects, please contact the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department 320 Hospital Hill, Suite 6 Warrenton, Va. 20186. Phone 540-422-8550.

Youth Scholarships available: Parks and Recreation offers scholarships for our programs with a maximum benefit of $50. Scholarships are available for youth 14 years of age and under. For more information call or stop by one of regional offices.

Shirts and More: For outdoor enjoyment, we have Warrenton Greenway shirts, Earth Dyed shirts, t-shirts for children and much more. Stop by and shop at the Central Region Office in the Warrenton Community Center. The proceeds from the Crockett Park items support a fund for a future nature center at Crockett Park.

Business Discount Program: The Parks & Recreation Department has implemented a Business Discount Program, which allows employees from eligible businesses to receive discounts on access fees, park entrance fees, and drop-in program fees! Call your nearest Parks & Recreation facility for details!

Program, Activity, Facilities and Event Ideas Needed - The Central Region staff wants to hear from citizens in the central area of the County and the Town of Warrenton with ideas, comments and suggestions on how we can improve recreational services. Staff is open to new ideas that can enhance the quality of life for citizens of all ages. We want to hear about the programs, activities, events, and facilities you want to see offered in the central region. Please call us at 540-422-8560, email us at centralparks@fauquiercounty.gov, or stop by Central Region Office at the Warrenton Community Center.

Instructors Needed - Are you talented in a craft, an artist or have an interesting ability or hobby that you would like to share with the community? We are looking for instructors to teach classes or lead programs for all ages. We would like to discuss the possibilities with you. “The Benefits are Endless”. Please call 540-422-8560 or e-mail centralparks@fauquiercounty.gov .

Historical and Cultural Programs on the Warrenton Branch Greenway - Parks and Recreation is trying to locate citizens who would like to assist in organizing historical and cultural programs related to the Warrenton Branch Greenway. We would like to plan a series of programs and events on the Greenway that highlight the history or provide insights into the local culture both past and present. Please contact Parks and Recreation at 540-422-8560 or e-mail us at centralparks@fauquiercounty.gov.

Caboose Tours
The Warrenton Caboose is open to the public from April through October on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00am-11:00am. Group tours can be arranged by calling 422-8560.

Warrenton Caboose Volunteers
We encourage you to get involved with all of the railroad activities on the Warrenton Branch Greenway. You can be assured that there is always something to do. Contact Fauquier County Parks & Recreation at 540-422-8560 to lend a hand.

Warrenton Caboose Historical Restoration
Although the “little red caboose” is now a thing of the past, we can still enjoy its entire splendor on the Warrenton Branch Greenway. Resting proud at the 4th Street trailhead, the vintage 1969 Norfolk & Western steel cupola caboose has been fully restored to its original operating condition and serves as a showcase of Warrenton’s railroad heritage and railroad history in general. Over 3,000 volunteer hours have been invested in the caboose restoration project.

A 1930s-vintage track signal has been restored and electrified to operate as it did many years ago to control railroad traffic. The signal is operated by volunteers for all to enjoy when the caboose is open to the public.

You are invited to stop by the caboose and enjoy a tour. You are also encouraged to get involved with all of the railroad activities on the Warrenton Branch Greenway. You can be assured that there is always something to do, whether it is giving a history tour, painting a railroad structure, maintaining some landscaping, or simply helping out at an event at the caboose. The success of the caboose and the continuing support of other railroad related activities is due to the generous volunteering of time and resources on the part of citizens of the community. Contact Fauquier County Parks & Recreation at 540- 422-8560 to lend a hand.

Thanks to The Friends of the Warrenton Caboose for their dedication and interest in preserving the railroad history of Warrenton.

Date Last Modified: 11/19/2014


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