Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Patriot Park Gets Great Reviews
When there is a fifth Tuesday in the month, officials in the region meet at a specific location for dinner. Last night, the meeting was at Patriot Park, and we were all fed by Virginia Barbecue. I ate a piece of chicken, a side of ribs and a sandwich, all of which did not settle well when I got home. Plus, it was damn hot out there.
Officials from Fredericksburg, King George and Stafford attended. They loved Patriot Park, and gave kudos to Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Brooks and David Breeden, who works in Capital Projects.
The park has some interesting characteristics that I will highlight in a story that will run in next Tuesday’s edition of Spotsylvania Extra. I have to say, the vast park is beautiful, and the county got such an amazing deal on the 134 acres. Once I get my back repaired I hope to run the 3.1 miles of trails there.
One problem discussed last night is how the park is somewhat secluded. I bet there are people who live in this county who still don’t know this park exists. It is next to the YMCA on Smith Station Road, and you can get to it from Massaponax Church Road, too. The park has basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields and an amphitheater, at which four concerts were held this summer.
Brooks and Breeden said Rappahannock Construction took great pride in the project, evident by its appearance and quality. Look out for the story next week.