Kevin Brown has come up with a way to combine exercise and environmentalism with excitement over Sunday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Fredericksburg Baseball’s stadium in Celebrate Virginia South.
The creator of the On the Fredericksburg VA Trails page on Facebook is organizing an inaugural 1.5 mile walking/biking parade and litter cleanup along what he’s dubbed Baseball Trail (aka the Fall Hill Avenue Trail) to the event.
It will start at 1:15 p.m. at the corner of Fall Hill Avenue and Riverside Drive. Those who prefer to take the Canal Path can link up with the parade at 1:25 p.m. at the Quarry Trail entrance. Brown will be handing out bags, gloves and trash grabbers so taking part in the parade can pick up litter as they walk along Fall Hill Avenue.
“That corridor isn’t taken care of regularly,” he said.
Brown said that he came up with the idea for the parade as a way to counter complaints that the stadium would attract more traffic to the area. He said that many city residents live within walking distance of its location near the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center, and the city’s trails make getting there fairly easy.
“Why not incorporate exercise, because when you get to the event you’ll be sitting, eating and drinking,” he said. “Why not get exercise on the front and back end?”
Walking up the Fall Hill Avenue’s steep hill “might be a bridge too far” for some people, especially during the summer, Brown said, but that could be overcome if the city allowed electric bikes and scooters on the trails. Fredericksburg currently does not have a policy about them, but is working on one.
“Maybe a fifth of the people near the stadium can walk there, which would be great,” he said. “Maybe it’s a pipe dream, but that would be my take on it.”