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October 3, 2016

Grant will plan park and trails in Remington

Map/Piedmont Environmental Council
Ideally, the 24.5-acre park would provide access to the Rappahannock River. But, it may take years to build a road into the park, just south of town.
It has just sat there (for 10 years). Nothing’s been done with it; so that’s why we are really pushing with this project to open it up.
— Julie Boathouse, PEC field officer
Remington Trails and Park
• Project: Collaborative Community Design for a Healthier Remington.

• What: Plans for a trail and park system in Remington and public access to the Rappahannock Station Battlefield along the Rappahannock River.

• Grant: $64,336 from the PATH Foundation.

• Timeline: Planning consultant selected by year’s end; community meetings in January; plans complete by July.

• Website:Click here.
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Remington should get new trails, sidewalks, bike routes and a park in coming years.

The PATH Foundation recently gave the Piedmont Environmental Council a $64,336 grant to help the Town of Remington plan recreational projects, including a park and trail on the Rappahannock Station Battlefield.

“The funding is going to help us hire a consultant to work with the community to basically ‘vision’ a trail network and a park system for Remington,” PEC Fauquier Field Officer Julie Bolthouse said.

The PATH grant provides:

• $41,836 for planning a trail system in Remington.

• $19,000 for the Rappahannock Station Battlefield Park and trail infrastructure.

• $3,500 for printing and distribution of maps and brochures.

The project, called the Collaborative Community Design for a Healthier Remington already has started. The PEC hopes to select a community planning consultant by year’s end.

Starting in January, the consultant will conduct meetings for citizen input. The PEC hopes to have plans for the trail and park system finished by July.

“Anything that we could provide for people to get up and go, to move, is always a huge benefit,” Supervisor Chris Butler (Lee District) said. “I think people would take advantage of using” a trail system.

The county Comprehensive Plan includes trails and a park system in Remington.

“The thing that is missing out of it, and the reason we pursued this grant, is detail and a real vision,” Ms. Bolthouse said. “It doesn’t say anything what type of parks, what those trails are connecting.”

The second part of the project would plan a park and trail at the Rappahannock Station Battlefield between the town and the Rappahannock River.

Fauquier County owns the 24.5-acre property, with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the PEC holding an easement on the land.

In 2006, the PEC raised funds to help the county purchase the battlefield.

“It has just sat there” for 10 years, Ms. Bolthouse said. “Nothing’s been done with it; so that’s why we are really pushing with this project to open it up.”

The PEC also received a $7,500 Kortlandt grant in September for interpretive signs, maps and brochures for visitors at the future Rappahannock Station Park.

“There are fine details that have made the project continue to stagnate; mainly access to the river and access to the road have made it so challenging,” Ms. Bolthouse said.

“We understand (the county) has run into these challenges, but we think we need to move forward and, if we can’t get vehicular access, we need to get pedestrian access,” she added. “We need to do something.

“The county basically needs to allocate funds and make it a priority.”

Eventually, the PEC and county hope to provide public access to the Rappahannock River on the property.

However, river access is “not something we are trying to accomplish with these funds,” Ms. Bolthouse said. “We have repeatedly emphasized to the county that river access can come later. Let’s just get people on the property . . . and then we can worry about river access, because it’s going to be challenging.”

Mr. Butler said, “I think when the whole package is complete . . . it will be great for the community, for the appearance, bringing people to town and economic viability in Remington.”

Partners in the project include:

• The Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department.

• Town of Remington.

• Piedmont Environmental Council.

• Fauquier County Board of Supervisors.

• Remington Community Partnership.

• Fauquier County Department of Economic Development.

• Friends of the Rappahannock.

• Remington Community Garden.

• Fauquier Trails Coalition.

Rappahannock Battlefield 2012 Study:

Rappahannock Battlefield Lardner Study by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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To comment, please log in or register. · October 3, 2016 at 8:58 pm
Sorry to say but I think it is a joke to spend that much money on what amounts to a fantasy. There are so many good things to do in this area for improvement, such as that being suggested but to spend 70 thousand dollars to explore a "what if" is nothing more than retarded. Give me 70 thousand dollars and I will give you a park to be proud of.
citizen observer · October 3, 2016 at 4:06 pm
The map has Fauquier and Culpeper counties listed on the wrong sides of the river. Pretty sure Culpeper is south and Fauquier is north of the river.
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