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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Christiansburg residents eager to stretch their legs in the great outdoors have found the town lacking in adequate recreation space. But that’s changing as town leaders have begun to think more proactively about their constituents’ current and future needs.
The Christiansburg Aquatic Center and skate park as well as improvements to Depot Park are testaments to their efforts.
The latest positive sign is the town’s decision to buy a former cattle farm and saw mill site on Peppers Ferry Road for $2.5 million. Most of the 60 acres will be used for a park. Specifics have yet to be worked out, but interest has been expressed in sports fields and picnic shelters in order to obtain a mix of active and passive uses.
The location is strategically near the planned path for an extension to the Huckleberry Trail. Town residents will one day be able to stretch their legs all the way to Blacksburg and back if they wish.
The property is conveniently located to serve a cluster of residential developments, including Oak Tree Townhomes and Windmill Hills, ensuring the park will be well-used. It’s also close to restaurants and hotels that would benefit from out-of-town visitors participating in tournaments that could be attracted by new playing fields.
Details on how the park will take shape will be worked out, with public involvement, starting this summer as the town updates its long-term recreation plan for the first time since 1994.
Meanwhile, work is continuing on Depot Park, including improvements to a soccer field, new playground equipment and a walking trail.
Careful planning will ensure complementary facilities that serve the entire town. Christiansburg leaders are thinking ahead, and that’s exactly what the town needs.
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