Culpeper County Parks and Recreation Department Receives “Make It Happen” Grant!
The PATH Foundation (formerly the Fauquier Health Foundation) announced today that it has awarded a Make It Happen! grant to the Culpeper County Parks and Recreation Department to create an 18-hole disc golf course at Spilman Park. The park is located on Colvin Road off of Route 229, in the Amissville/Jeffersonton area.
The parks and recreation department has partnered with the Mountain Run Disc Golf Club (MRDGC) to provide residents of northern Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties an opportunity to play disc golf—a non-contact, low-impact, healthy lifetime sport for all ages. The course will be constructed with assistance from MRDGC members and maintained by both MRDGC and the parks department. The offering of disc golf will be unlike anything available within the region.
“We are delighted to be able to provide some of the funding for this worthwhile project that will provide area residents an opportunity for additional outdoor activity and exercise,” stated Christy Connolly president and CEO of the PATH Foundation. “The benefits provided by disc golf meet the PATH Foundation’s criteria for improving the health and wellness of residents in the communities we serve.”
According to the MRDGC, disc golf has grown by more than 200% over the past six years and typically burns around 900 calories per game. Given the fact that it is of interest to all ages, it also succeeds in getting kids off the couch and away from video games and outside to recreate, and it provides substantial exercise for seniors.
Adding the disc golf course to Spilman Park will also revitalize the park and get more of the community out to appreciate the park’s beauty and natural setting. The project is expected to be completed by November.
John Barrett, Culpeper County Parks and Recreation director, said, "Spilman Park is an ideal facility to install an activity such as disc golf. The lay of the land provides passive and active opportunities that will challenge the beginner to experienced player, individually, family or in groups. Receiving the PATH Foundation Make it Happen grant offers residents a quality of life opportunity to keep healthy while enjoying the outdoors."
Make it Happen! grants were created to energize the speed and creativity of engaged citizens working with non-profits to accomplish small-scale, high-impact, quick-turnaround projects. The program provides funding of $2,000 to $10,000 for ideas that can be turned around in 90 days or less, and $10,000 to $25,000 for ideas that can be turned around in six months. The application process is simple and applicants receive a quick response as to whether or not they’ll receive funding.
The goal of the Make it Happen! program is to engage the community and create success stories. Grants are being provided to 501(c)3 non-profits, religious institutions (for non-religious purposes) or local government entities in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties. The selected projects and programs have the potential to inspire and motivate the community and benefit people and organizations within the Foundation’s service area. Benefits will be concrete and tangible.
About the PATH Foundation
With a legacy of community philanthropy stretching back to 1954, Piedmont Action to Health (PATH) Foundation was created in 2013, as the Fauquier Health Foundation, through a joint venture between Fauquier Health and LifePoint Hospitals. The resulting foundation manages the assets of this multigenerational gift to promote healthy communities today and in stewardship for our children’s grandchildren. In addition, the PATH Foundation assists area nonprofits with a portfolio of programs and support through its PATH Foundation Resource Center.
For more information, www.pathforyou.org.
Discounted Kings Dominion Tickets are HERE!
The Parks & Recreation Department is once again selling Discounted Kings Dominion Tickets. For prices view our flyer.
Tickets must be purchased in person during normal office hours. We accept Credit Cards, and Cash - exact change please.
(Please note that we ONLY have single day tickets for Kings Dominion. No season passes, no tickets to Busch Gardens, Water Country, Six Flags or any of the other theme parks. )
2016 Wicked Bottom Cross Country 5K and 1/2-mile Fun Run
The rain held off!!! After about 7 days of light to heavy rain straight, the sun broke free and shone down on the Wicked Bottom 5K!
Thanks to JD Cubbage and the cubCam for volunteering and taking awesome video footage of the event.
This year was our largest event yet with 255 registered participants for the 5K and 15 for the ½ mile. Once the race was complete runners & walkers were able to enjoy yoga with Pranapiloga, a massage with the students from Eastern Virginia Career College and of course the wonderful wine tastings of Old House Vineyards.
For more information post event please click Wicked Bottom 5K on the left side of the page.
YOU can Help Shape the Future of Parks and Recreation
If you could design the next Park in Culpeper, what would it look like?
What about the County’s future recreational activities and facilities? What activities would be offered and where?
County AND Town residents are invited to weigh in on these questions and more at an upcoming public meeting that is part of a planning process designed to create a comprehensive parks and recreation action plan for the future.
Come out to our 1st Open House Meeting:
Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00pm
The State Theatre
305 S. Main Street
How this got started.....
In the summer of 2015 a RFP (Request for Proposal) was advertised to contract with a consulting firm to provide an analysis of what the County currently has to offer the community—Parks, Facilities, and Activities, AND to let us know what the County NEEDS based on demographics, current trends, and community desires. Also, what type of economic impact recreation has for the county and a plan for Culpeper County to follow to see the needs be met.
As a result of the RFP, the County of Culpeper has hired PROS Consulting Inc., a nationally-recognized parks and recreation consulting firm with extensive work in nation-wide and specifically in Virginia - including City of Suffolk, Town of Blacksburg, City of Roanoke, Warren County, and James City County.
The Consulting team will conduct key leader and stakeholder interviews, open house public meetings, and provide surveys to households throughout the County to assess needs and desires from county residents.
1st Open House Meeting:
Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00pm
The State Theatre
305 S. Main Street
This study that YOU can help with, focuses on the future of YOUR COUNTY.
What amenities are needed to better serve, YOU, our community residents?
The Consulting team will also launch www.PlayCulpeper.com (live on March 11th) which will allow YOU, the county resident, to tell US what you want to see in the future – whether it’s more Facilities or more things to do.
PlayCulpeper is a Culpeper County initiative to actively engage with YOU, our community residents to determine the future of Parks and Recreation’s programs, facilities, and initiatives.
The goal is to have PlayCulpeper evolve, over time, into an "umbrella" of sorts for all Parks and Recreation opportunities available to YOU, our residents. By bringing all recreation related organizations to the table, we can assess what YOUR needs are and where to allocate community resources.
Once completed, the information collected will be used as a guiding document to assist in planning the future of Parks & Recreation for county residents.
We are lucky to live in a region that offers such an array of amenities and PlayCulpeper will focus on promoting and strengthening those amenities!