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Alum Spring Park in Fredericksburg is reopened to vehicle traffic

UPDATE: Alum Spring Park just reopened to vehicle traffic.

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UPDATE: City employees were on scene minutes ago, installing an 8-foot by 10-foot steel plate to cover the hole in the concrete caused by rushing waters. The concrete is within the waters of Hazel Run and is used by vehicles to enter the park.

The park may reopen to vehicle traffic soon.

City Public Works Superintendent Josh Knight drove his city-issued Jeep Compass over the steel plate to test it.

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The weather has turned warm and you’re thinking about getting out to enjoy nature. Well, if you’re heading to Alum Spring Park, do it on foot or bike. The park is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic.

A big chunk of the ford in place since the 1960s has washed out and vehicles might get stuck if they try to enter the park, Bob Antozzi, Fredericksburg’s director of parks, recreation and facilities said this morning.


A city employee discovered that earlier this week and the closure started on Thursday.

The city’s Public Works Department will be making repairs but it could take a few weeks before they are completed, Antozzi said.