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Please Help our Trail Bridge Its Two Remaining Gaps in Fairfax County Madeira School Gap Fort Belvoir Gap Bill Niedringhaus Potomac Heritage Trail Association Seneca Park Riverbend Park Great Falls Park 2. Scotts Run Nature Preserve FAIRFAX COUNTY Madeira School Gap

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please help our trail bridge its two remaining gaps in fairfax county

Please Help our Trail Bridge Its Two Remaining Gaps in Fairfax County

Madeira School Gap

Fort Belvoir Gap

Bill Niedringhaus

Potomac Heritage Trail Association

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Seneca Park

  • Riverbend Park
  • Great Falls Park

2. Scotts Run

Nature Preserve

FAIRFAX

COUNTY

Madeira

School

Gap

3. PATC’s Pot.

Herit. Trail

Cross

County

Trail

4. Mt Vernon

Trail

5. Noman Cole/Lorton Town Ctr Trail

6. Laurel Hill Greenway

Fort Belvoir Gap

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail: Existing Segments: in Green

GAPS in RED

background
Background
  • One of only 8 National Scenic Trails in US
  • Only one to go through an urban area
  • Established 1984 by Congress
  • Intended to follow Potomac shoreline as much as possible
  • Fairfax County Comprehensive Trails Plan
    • Includes trail along entire Potomac shoreline
    • Includes trail along Georgetown Pike
wide fairfax co support for trails
Wide Fairfax Co. Support for Trails
  • Fairfax County Park Authority Study: Overwhelmingly favorite Park Use: Trails
  • Very broad support for trails in Fairfax Co.
    • Cross County Trail Opening Ceremony, 2006 thousands of people participated
    • W&OD
      • Huge public outpouring of support to prevent tree-cutting, additional power lines
    • Volunteer Trail Advocacy on all
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Seneca Park

  • Riverbend Park
  • Great Falls Park

2. Scotts Run

Nature Preserve

FAIRFAX

COUNTY

Madeira

School

Gap

3. PATC’s Pot.

Herit. Trail

Cross

County

Trail

4. Mt Vernon

Trail

5. Noman Cole/Lorton Town Ctr Trail

6. Laurel Hill Greenway

Fort Belvoir Gap

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail: Existing Segments: in Green

GAPS in RED

madeira school gap7
Madeira School Gap
  • Fairfax County Comprehensive Trails Plan
    • Includes trail along entire Potomac shoreline
    • Includes trail along Georgetown Pike
  • Madeira School needs permit from county to upgrade infrastructure
    • Must comply with Comprehensive Plan, so
    • Must grant trail easement
  • For decades, the school has successfully fought to waive this requirement. No more!
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Great

Falls

NP

Alternative route

avoids a sensitive

ecosystem

Southwest

(SW) Route

Madeira

School

Northeast

(NE) Route

Trail Routes on

Comprehensive

Trails Plan

---------------------

Egress at SE corner of school

trail will continue to Scotts Run Nature Preserve by any of several routes from here

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Northeast

(NE) Route

Trail exists from here to Fort Belvoir 30 miles away

Madeira

School

Madeira School Gap

The Northern VA Regional Commission is conducting a study with NPS funding to determine a feasible trail route across this gap

Scotts Run

Nature Prsv.

Southwest

(SW) Route

Kimber-

wicke

Rd

Spring

Hill

Rd

Georgetown Pike

Bullneck

Run

Beltway

Old Dominion Dr

Swinks

Mill

Rd

trail a good neighbor for madeira
Trail A Good Neighbor for Madeira
  • Trail Will Be Clearly Marked:
    • “Private Property please stay on trail”
  • Daytime only
  • No nearby parking
  • Security
  • Remoteness from School Facilities
  • Minimize impact on neighbors
  • Recreational Use Statute
  • Health and Fitness
schools trails and security p1
Schools, Trails and Security: p1
  • Madeira High School claims trail “unsafe”
    • They organized a “Not in our backyard” political campaign
  • 21 Schools in Fairfax County abut public parks
    • Including trails open to public
    • Trails come closer to schools than anything proposed at Madeira
    • These are kids of all ages, not just high school
  • Fairfax Cross-County Trail, 40 miles long
    • Goes past hundreds more families with little kids
  • Does Madeira think these kids less important?
schools trails and security p2
Schools, Trails and Security: p2
  • No one is advocating to close these trails
  • Parents who live near trails know the truth
  • Who should Fairfax County officials believe?
    • The parents that know about trails
      • Their thunderous silence is testimony that public trails in parks near schools is not a significant threat
    • Or the parents who don’t?
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Seneca Park

  • Riverbend Park
  • Great Falls Park

2. Scotts Run

Nature Preserve

FAIRFAX

COUNTY

Madeira

School

Gap

3. PATC’s Pot.

Herit. Trail

Cross

County

Trail

4. Mt Vernon

Trail

5. Noman Cole/Lorton Town Ctr Trail

6. Laurel Hill Greenway

Fort Belvoir Gap

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail: Existing Segments: in Green

GAPS in RED

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Connects To

Laurel Hill Greenway

Mt. Vernon Trail

17

miles

Lorton Town Center Trail

Along

Pohick

Creek

East of Tulley Gate

Good Route for Trail

Belvoir, PHTA agree

Army’s Poor Proposal along Busy Route 1

Tulley

Gate

Wildlife

Refuge

Trails Already Open to Public

Noman

Cole Trail

Fort Belvoir

Main Base

Pohick

Creek

Ft. Belvoir’s Accotink Bay

Wildlife Refuge

Ideal Route for PHNST

No Va Regional Park Land

Accotink Bay

the trail s route at ft belvoir
The Trail’s Route at Ft. Belvoir
  • A National Scenic Trail
    • Should not follow a 6-lane highway for 3 miles
    • Should instead go through the spectacular Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge (ABWR)
    • Through some of most remote land in Fx Co
  • Claim: security concerns trump ABWR trail
    • But, it main use is bow hunting for R&R
    • The route we propose is far from secure area
the two routes
The Two Routes
  • Along Route 1
    • Army estimates cost $6 million
    • Army will pay nothing
    • No money is available in foreseeable future
  • Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge
    • Trail is usable NOW
    • Rep. Davis, Moran, and Chairman Connolly support it; their staff have hiked it;
    • Volunteers could improve it for very low cost
security mitigation
Security Mitigation
  • If Military needs to close trail occasionally
  • There is a precedent at Eglin Air Force Base.
    • The 1300-mile Florida Trail crosses Eglin AFB
    • Trail has gate at both ends
    • Trail users register
    • Occasionally trail is closed temporarily to public
    • Has worked well for many years.
    • Lets work together and make it happen!
what you can do
What You Can Do
  • E-mail County Supervisors
    • John Foust, Dranesville: dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov
    • Gerry Connolly, Chairman: chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov
    • Gerry Hyland, Mt. Vernon: mtvernon@fairfaxcouty.gov
    • Fairfax Co Planning Commission: plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov
  • Say “Please support a continuous, scenic route along the Potomac and its tributaries for the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail at Madeira School and at Fort Belvoir”.
  • Add why you care about our Trail!
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