In 1967, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, realizing that growth was coming to change and transform the county, constructed a blueprint to guide this process in a manner that corresponded with the goals and aspirations of residents. Popular sentiment then, and now, is to maintain the “traditional agricultural, rural lifestyles, historic sites and areas, and unique open spaces” that makes the county such a special and beautiful place. This document, the Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan, is updated and revised every 10 years. One of the outgrowths of the Plan has been the Fauquier County Connections Plan which prioritizes the development of a trail network through the county. Realizing that such infrastructure needs to be built continuously in tandem with development and is necessary for a happy, healthy populace, the Connections Plan articulates 5 goals:
- GOAL 1: Develop a county-wide walkway, bikeway and greenway network among residential neighborhoods, Towns, workplaces, shopping centers, historic districts, schools, libraries, recreation centers, parks, etc.
- GOAL 2: Preserve and protect the environmental quality of Fauquier County’s rural, suburban and urban communities through the preservation of greenways and open space corridors.
- GOAL 3: Provide opportunities for a great many county residents who desire to walk, bicycle, ride horses and paddle boats for recreation and health.
- GOAL 4: Educate business and community leaders and the general public about the benefits of walking and bicycling, and provide safety messages for people who use the system.
- Goal 5: Provide adequate funding to develop and maintain a seamless network of facilities.
One of the most exciting aspects of involvement in the Fauquier Trails Coalition is helping plan, build and promote these new trails. While there is generally strong support for trail building in the community, there are often many obstacles to overcome. It takes persistent, dogged work and cooperation between private citizen groups like the FTC, The Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Greenway Advisory Committee, and HOAs as well as government entities like Parks and Recreation, the county commissioners and elected supervisors to make progress. Above all it takes concerned individuals willing to donate their time, their land, their expertise and their elbow grease to realize a vision of the community that will benefit many and outlast all of us.
Link to Parks & Rec Plans and Progress
Link to Parks & Rec Project Status