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New bridges on trail in Andrew Leitch Park

There’s been progress in completing the Neabsco greenway trail recently. The PWC Parks & Recreation Department installed four new pedestrian/trail bridges in Andrew Leitch Park, which cross Neabsco Creek and connect trail segments from end-to-end in the park. Three fiberglass bridges were assembled and one lumber bridge was constructed. The approximate locations of the bridges are shown on this map. Two of the bridges are near the new trail heads at each end of the park – one near Princedale Drive and one near Lindendale Road.

PWTSC volunteers were at Andrew Leitch Park on August 4 to pickup trash along the trail and in the stream, and to do some trail grooming where the bridges were constructed.

Boardwalk installed on section of Potomac Heritage Trail

On National Trails Day (June 2) a partnership of the Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition, Potomac Heritage Trail Association, REI and the PWC Park Authority continued work on the Potomac Heritage Trail along Powell’s Creek. Forty-four volunteers participated, installing boardwalk at seven points along the trail for crossing small streams or passing through low wet areas, and installing a short bridge where a stream flows through a gully. The heavy rains late in the month of May, and rainfall on Friday night before the workday, emphasized the need for boardwalk in this area. Volunteers encountered muddy conditions as they carried material to the work sites and constructed the boardwalk. But these improvements will make the trail more usable for the residents of the nearby Powells Landing and Port Potomac communities, and any other visitors exploring this section of the Potomac Heritage Trail.

Please visit the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail project page to see a photo gallery of our volunteers in action.

Culverts installed on Broad Run Trail

On May 12, 2012 PWTSC volunteers reinforced the Broad Run Trail through Braemar by installing culverts to prevent the newly-laid stone dust from washing out in the rain. Park Authority staff had delivered the culverts to the site, and the twelve volunteers (including Mike DePue from the Park Authority) put them in. Over the winter months, Park Authority crews had improved the trail by placing crushed stone on the trail as a foundation and surfacing it with stone dust. Spring rains revealed locations where run-off concentrated and had begun to wash out the new trail surface. The culverts will help to prevent further washouts and keep the trail in good condition.