Cyclists traveled from the to the trail bridge adjacent to the Burke Village II Shopping Center for the inaugural ride along the Pohick Stream Valley-Burke VRE Trail on Saturday, National Trails Day.
The Fairfax County Park Authority hosted a ribbon-cutting for the new trail, which was funded in the Fairfax County transportation bond approved in November 2007. The total cost was $814,000.
Kala Leggett Quintana, at-large representative to the Fairfax County Park Board, emceed the ribbon-cutting. "This trail was conceived by one of my neighbors many years ago," she told those gathered. "I was there at the conception, the birth and now the completion of this particular project. Its completion shows the benefits of collaboration and cooperation."
Others who spoke were:
- Sharon Bulova, chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
- John Cook, Braddock District supervisor
- Anthony Vellucci, Braddock District representative, Fairfax County Park Authority Board
- Patrick Gloyd, executive director, Burke Centre Conservancy
- Chris Wells, Pedestrian Program manager, Fairfax County Department of Transportation
- Kirk Holley, Special Projects Branch manager, Fairfax County Park Authority
The project included construction of two sections of asphalt trail and one stream crossing. One section connects the VRE station with a newly constructed trail and existing Park Authority and Burke Conservancy trails in Pohick Stream Valley Park.
Another section connects the park trail with Burke Lake Road and Burke Road to the east via a new bridge. The completed trail provides more than two miles of contiguous stream valley trail with several public and private trails connecting the VRE station, the shopping center and several residential communities.