Williamsburg Offers Outdoor Workshops for National Trails Day

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waller mill parkWilliamsburg-area residents can celebrate and learn about the great outdoors this weekend at Waller Mill Park.

Williamsburg Parks and Recreation, Fire and Police departments are working together this week to recognize National Trails Day with two workshops focusing on outdoor and wilderness safety.

The sessions will cover a variety of topics, including how to prepare for and stay safe during a hiking trip, basic wilderness first aid and what to do if you get separated from a group in the wilderness.

The two sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively, and will be held at Waller Mill Park. Registration is not required for the workshops.

“Even the most highly skilled hiker or bicyclist can take a tumble, find themselves scratched, bumped, bruised or even get separated from their party,” Waller Mill Park Manager Michael VanAudenhove said in a news release. “We want all who enjoy our trails to be prepared, educated, informed and safe.”

Launched in the 1980s by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is an annual event meant to celebrate the more than 200,000 miles of hiking trails across the country.

Director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department Lori Rierson said Williamsburg’s outdoor spaces were well-suited for an event like National Trails Day, including Civil War-era sites at Redoubt Park.

“We are so fortunate to have [10] beautiful City parks, each with its own personality and amenities,” Rierson said in a news release. “National Trails Day allows us to showcase these natural areas, recognizes the important work of the City staff and volunteers who maintain and protect them, and promotes a healthy lifestyle of walking, hiking and biking these great trails.”

The workshops are free and open to the public. Parking at Waller Mill Park requires a $2 entrance fee. For additional information on  the event, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 259-3778.

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