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The path ahead
The city opens a new trail

Date published: 12/6/2012

SEVEN YEARS AGO, Fredericksburg resident George Solley took action on a vision he had to make his city a better place to live. He formed the Pathways Committee and, along with others recruited to the cause and city officials, began planning walkable, bikeable trails around town.

Now a city councilman representing Ward 2, Mr. Solley and friends cut the ribbon on the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail last Saturday and, asphalt under his feet, stepped into his dream.

The new trail forms a loop with the Canal Path that will be just about perfect for a 5K race. Built with federal and local funds, it will carry runners, walkers, and bicyclists along some of the most scenic areas of the city.

And best of all, the new trail is only the beginning of what will be more than 14 miles of pathways around town. To ice the cake, these will connect to trails being constructed in Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

Mr. Solley took on the task of improving Fredericksburg when he was "just" a private citizen. He, and others like him, show us how to truly build community in a disconnected age.