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County Program Wins Best in State Recreation Honors

For Release:   October 6, 2009  

Contact: Veda McMullen, James City County Parks & Recreation


Phone: (757) 259-5415







Riding the Skinny. EVMA Members include experienced trail designers and others professionally trainied in mountain bike trail construction.

James City County’s Freedom Park Loop C Mountain Bike Trail received top honors from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS). The Trail won in the 2008 Best New Greenway, Blueway or Trail category for populations between 50,000 – 100,000. The award was presented in September during the 55th Annual VRPS Conference held in Roanoke.



Housed in the County’s historic Freedom Park, the Loop C Mountain Bike Trail system was designed for bikers of all abilities. However, the trail system does boast some 20 technical trail features to challenge even the most experienced riders


Local members of the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (EVMA) (pictured right) constructed the 3.22- mile Loop C, donating more than 950 volunteer hours for the layout, design and construction of the project. Parks and Recreation and EVMA worked together and completed Loop C in less than six months from start to finish. Loop C was constructed at no cost to County citizens.  The Loop C Mountain Bike Trail has become one of the premier trail systems in Virginia. Park attendance increased at Freedom Park by 16% between 2006 to 2008, due in large part to the mountain bike trail construction and use.


Seven-hundred delegates from around the state gathered for the VRPS conference that is education-focused and provides an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to discuss areas of common interest. Highlighting each conference is a formal presentation of awards. Eighty-four applications were received vying for awards in 17 different categories. Winners were judged by a jury of their peers for demonstrated excellence in their entry areas. For more information on the Society, contact the state office at (804) 730-9447 or visit them on the web at


For more information about James City County Parks and Recreation, email or call: or (757)259-5415.




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