County Administrator, Morgan Quicke asked the board for permission to look into developing off-road, 10-foot wide trails for walkers and bikers. Phase I of his plan is a ¾ mile trail along the by-pass from the intersection of Scott Town Road and Rt. 3 down the bypass, up Community Park Road and finishing at the Fair Grounds. Phase II would be from the Fair Grounds to the YMCA. Ultimately, he proposes five locations, including Rappahannock High School, Warsaw Town Park and the space formerly referred to as the Bottom.
Quicke said these types of trails are really popular, would offer residents a great outdoor recreation option and would be an attraction for individuals looking to move to rural communities. Additionally, one landowner has already agreed to give the county the 30-foot easement it would need in front of his property.
However, Quicke said these trails are expensive. Looking at comparable projects around the state suggests Phase I could cost between $300,000 and $500,000. Since that isn’t a project the county can fund with its own money, this plan needs to be primarily grant-funded. Supposedly, there is a lot of grant money available now, making this a good time to get started.
The board gave him the go-ahead to pursue grants.