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Posted on: January 24, 2019

County Links Up with the Nation’s Longest Linear Park

Virginia East Coast Greenway

January 24, 2019

Parks and Recreation

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — A path near Pocahontas State Park has become a designated part of the East Coast Greenway, which aims to develop a biking and walking route from Canada to Key West. The nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance selected the Woodpecker Road Multi-Use Path because it could provide an essential connection along the 3,000-mile route. This is the first designation for Chesterfield. Additional portions of the East Coast Greenway are being considered throughout the county.

“Chesterfield Parks and Recreation is excited to have the Lake Margaret Trail formally recognized as part of the East Coast Greenway (ECG),” said Stuart Connock, chief of parks, design and construction services. “It is the first segment of the greenway planned for approximately 20 miles in Chesterfield. The department partnered with the developer for this project, providing the design and permitting guidance; the developer constructed the facility as a condition of zoning and it will be maintained by the Lake Margaret Homeowners Association. Partnerships such as this are the foundation of the department’s operations and a sustaining practice for the ECG.”

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation will be placing alliance-approved trail markers along the path. The East Coast Greenway Alliance sees each new addition as a renewal of its commitment to public health, sustainability, economic development and civic engagement. Visit the East Coast Greenway website for more information about this multistate trail.

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