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August 8, 2017

Warrenton will explore possible reservoir park

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Warrenton draws about a million gallons of drinking water a day from its reservoir. This dam stands just off Blackwell Road.
We don’t want to disturb the peace and tranquility that’s already there.
— Town Councilman Sean Polster
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Boating, fishing, biking and other outdoor activities could take place at Warrenton’s 245-acre reservoir.

Town Councilman Sean Polster (At-large) started a discussion last week with the town parks and recreation committee about exploring the possibility of making the property available for leisure activities.

“It’s the largest asset that the town doesn’t use” for recreation, Mr. Polster said.

At the north edge of town, the reservoir serves as Warrenton’s primary water supply.

Other than an annual day of fishing day for the public the large body of water provides no organized recreational opportunity.

Mr. Polster said the property could emulate Crockett Park near Midland, where citizens flock for fun.

He hopes the park would include a system of dirt trails, non-motorized boats for rent and possibly an archery range.

Since his election in 2014, Mr. Polster has sought to increase outdoor recreational activities for town citizens.

“It’s an opportunity,” he said. “Jerry Wood (Ward 1) doesn’t have a park in his ward.

“There are a lot of other communities that are doing it,” Mr. Polster said, citing the Town of Culpeper that uses its reservoir, Lake Pelham, as a park.

The town purchased the reservoir in the 1960s, according to Public Works Director Edward “Bo” Tucker.

“I think this is wonderful,” citizen committee member Diane Roteman said.

“I think it’s worth looking at,” Councilman Alec Burnett (Ward 2) agreed.

The town parks and recreation department will identify benefits and challenges of a park at the reservoir and report back to the committee in a few months. Town officials have no cost estimate for what a park there might cost.

Mr. Polster also plans to discuss the project further with reservoir neighbors and other citizens.

“We don’t want to disturb the peace and tranquility that’s already there,” he said.

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citizen observer · August 12, 2017 at 9:23 am
It seems all the Warrenton Council can do is build parks and promote "fun" stuff.

Why not spend the energy and taxpayer monies getting good businesses to locate here to help the tax base and filling all the empty storefronts in town?

How about providing funds so the police can patrol and run radar to catch all the speeders on community streets. Or finishing the Western bypass along Timber Branch Parkway to alleviate traffic congestion.

So many things they should be doing instead of building more parks.
Ed Kedzierski · August 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm
The reservoir is 55 not 245 acres. Fauquier has and has had water issues in the past. Now you want to open the town drinking water to mass pollution. People do not keep public space clean. This is a bad idea.
Rover 530 · August 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm
No, sorry. Just curious.
TooTrue · August 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm
Rover540 must be an elected County or appointed official.
Rover 530 · August 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm
The Warrenton and Airlie reservoirs provide water for users of the Town of Warrenton water works but who owns them and who has jurisdiction over the areas? They both sit in the county outside the town limits. Would county government need to be consulted before any recreational activities are approved?
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