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New trail opens in city Saturday
Saturday was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail in Fredericksburg.
The 1.6-mile asphalt stretch connects the two parts of the Rappahannock Canal Path, making a 3.1-mile loop, just about right for a 5K race.
The section of the trail between the Fall Hill Avenue/Linden Avenue intersection and the western end of the trail are part of another project. That part overlaps with the construction zone for the replacement of the Fall Hill Avenue bridge over the Rappahannock Canal.
Plans for the new bridge allow the canal path to pass under Fall Hill Avenue and link to the Heritage Trail on the other side.
Until the bridge project is completed toward the end of 2013, a temporary path from the Fall Hill Avenue/Linden Avenue intersection through the Normandy Village neighborhood will link the new Heritage Trail with the existing canal path.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, several city officials involved with the project spoke, including Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Director, Robert Antozzi, Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, and City Councilman George Solley, one of the driving forces behind the project.
After the ceremony and the actually snip of the ribbon, a wave of bike riders, runners, and walkers set out on the trail.
Here’s a video of the inaugural sendoff on the trail.
Here is Solley’s speech.
Here is Greenlaw’s speech.