Potomac Heritage Trail Association (PHTA)
Partnerships — PHTA played a key role in formulating a new initiative, Loudoun County Linear Parks and Trails Committee, approved by the county supervisors, prioritizing completion of the Potomac Heritage NST and trails along major streams; one key project is a loop trail between the PHNST and the Washington and Old Dominion Rail Trail. PHTA worked closely with the Virginia Department of Transportation to support the integration of trails as major local highways (I-495 and I-66) are being widened. The result will be a PHNST gap being filled with several miles of trails on the quiet side of noise walls, and a new trail link across the Potomac between McLean, VA and the C&O Canal Towpath.
Grants — PHTA, using $24,000 in grant awards from REI, worked with Prince William County to hire a contractor who completed a draft feasibility study of a mile-long boardwalk across Powells Creek in Dumfries, VA, connecting Leesylvania State Park with a new Virginia Railway Express station. The study identified a preferred route, cost estimate, and map of desired amenities. Prince William County voters passed a bond referendum including possible funds that might be used to help pay for this project.