Multi-use trail a ‘community asset’

In response to Bill Freitag’s concerns about a multi use trail in Rappahannock County, I would like to point out some of the positive features of having such a trail in the county.

If you have children and you are not a large landowner, there are very few places in the county where you can safely take your children for a walk, a run, or a bike ride. If you are an adult and you would like to enjoy our beautiful county in some way other than in a car, motorcycle, or truck, you will find it hard to do so. While there is the Shenandoah National Park, there are many who find those trails difficult. In places like Luray, Front Royal, and Warrenton, where multi-use trails exist, you see kids, families and adults of every age getting out and enjoying the advantages of being in a rural community.

The overwhelmingly enthusiastic community response as well as the amazing generosity of several donors has led those of us on the planning committee to believe that a multi-use trail would be a real community asset. Other counties that do not have the wealth or community spirit that Rappahannock has have found their ways of dealing with all the issues Mr. Freitag has pointed to without causing the counties to be financially stressed. I am sure that we can and will do the same.

Steph Ridder
Flint Hill

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