Freedom Park trail recognized as state treasure

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Freedom Park is expected to include new parking, picnic shelters and a patio by the end of this year. (Photo by Brittany Voll/WYDaily)
(Brittany Voll/WYDaily)

The state has designated Freedom Park’s Trail Three as a Virginia Treasure, according to a news release from James City County.

The Virginia Treasures program was adopted by Governor Terry McAuliffe as a means of highlighting the state’s most important ecological, cultural, scenic and recreational assets.

“Our goal is to identify, preserve and protect at least 1,000 treasures in Virginia during my administration,” McAuliffe said in a statement launching the initiative. “This list will become the scorecard by which my administration measures success at protecting land, water and recreational space.”

Opened in May 2014, the 1.2 mile forested trail, which is paved and ADA accessible, crosses Colby Swamp as it connects Freedom Park to Lois S. Hornsby Middle School and J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School.

Its hallmark is a recycled 70-foot bridge that previously spanned the Lake Powell Spillway. The trail serves hikers and bikers and was built primarily through a grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Virginia Recreational Trails Program.

For more information about visiting Freedom Park’s Trail Three call 757-259-4022 or log on to jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation.