About 100 people, including area leaders and bicycle advocates, braved the rain to celebrate the dedication of the James City County trailhead of the Virginia Capital Trail.  The event took place at the new kiosk and shelter, funded by Dominion Power.  Matoaka Elementary choir entertained the crowd and the girls running club provided tangible evidence to the benefits of the Virginia Capital Trail.  Guest speakers included Senator Tommy Norment, Dominion CEO Paul Koonce, and Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell.

Senator Norment speaks to the crowd at the VCT trail dedication in James City County.

Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell talked about the benefits of the trail and encouraged the Matoaka students to bring their parents out to the trail and go biking with them!

Virginia’s First Lady Maureen McDonnell will be among dignitaries to dedicate the first of three trailheads of the Virginia Capital Trail. The trailhead includes a shelter and an electronic, interactive kiosk with information on public accommodations, historical sites, wildlife and natural resources along the trail.  The ceremony will take place  at the new kiosk, directly across from the entrance to Jamestown Settlement

The trail connects Virginia’s past and present capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond, along more than 50 miles of the Scenic Route 5 corridor.

When:  Friday, March 26 @ 10:30am

Where: VCT Kiosk (near Jamestown Settlement)

You’re invited to the Destination Recreation Expo and Community Center Open House held tomorrow, Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road! Saturday will be a great, one-day, one-stop-shopping opportunity to learn about all the recreational programs and services available to you and your family through Parks and Recreation and its programming partners. Take part in fitness and activity demonstrations, speak with the more than 40 park, recreation, sports and fitness exhibitors on site for the day, and tour the Community Center with a guided host!  The Expo is also a first preview and early sign-up period for summer programs and camps -experience all there is in summer camps, sports classes and leagues, outdoor programs, aquatic programs, Rec Connect, inclusion programs and special events.  After the Expo, you’ll have to wait until April 14 to register for most programs. Representatives from all of the local athletic leagues are scheduled to attend. For more information, visit www.jccEgov.com/recreation.

Inclement weather last Friday forced postponement on the promotional filming of the Virginia Capital Trail to this Friday, the 23rd.  The quest for trail users of all forms continues.  If you would like to participate as an extra, there will be opportunities available from 10 AM in Charles City County, during the afternoon in James City County and at 4 PM in Jamestown.  If interested, send a note to Nancy Carter, njcarter[at]starpower.net.

Attention James City County Residents! The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room of Building F at the County Complex on Mounts Bay Road.  This will probably be the only opportunity for public comment before the Planning Commission.  As currently planned, once the public hearing is closed on September 30th, the Planning Commission will discuss and vote on the Comp Plan at its regular meeting on October 7, 2009 … without the opportunity for additional public comment before the vote.  If you care about the future of your community, you need to be at the September 30th public hearing to voice your concerns.

The materials for the Planning Commission’s public hearing on the 2009 Draft Comprehensive Plan are now available online. Please contact the Planning Division at (757)253-6685 or planning@james-city.va.us for more information.