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Civil War Park receives $48,000 from county for asphalt needed this summer

The finishing touches could be made on the Stafford Civil War Park this summer, with help from the Board of Supervisors.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the board gave the park $48,000 for the asphalt needed for paving roads in the park. The Virginia Air National Guard Red Horse Division will provide the labor, but not the money. The Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites asked the board to pay for the roads, which were originally planned to be gravel.

“There’s no question in my mind, that when this is all complete, this is going to be a huge asset to Stafford County,” Supervisor Gary Snellings said earlier this month. “I just applaud Col. [Glenn] Trimmer for what he’s done. He’s done such a great job with this thing, and hasn’t gotten the first dollar in compensation.”

Here's what the park looked like last fall when I toured it with the Historical Commission.

To see the full breakdown of what has been spent on the park, from the count’s Tourism Fund, the R-Board and FSCWS, check out the agenda item.

“It’s just amazing, we’re spending millions of dollars on each park we develop, and this park isn’t costing us anything,” Supervisor Paul Milde said.