A new bike series designed for ages 3-17 is being offered at Freedom Park. Wednesdays on Your Wheel off-road bicycle racing series was created for youths to build confidence
in riding a dirt course. Off road bicycle “racing” in a casual spirit, designed to bring smiles and confidence to youth! Get the kids outside for this fun and short dirt loop (less than one mile) course. Parents must be present. Medals/ribbons awarded. Helmets required.
Sessions will be held 5:30-7 p.m. April 24, May 1 and May 15 on the new Bunny Trail mountain bike course designed for beginner riders.
Cost is $5/session for James City and Williamsburg residents
Location 5537 CENTERVILLE ROAD, WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23188
The Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (EVMA) will host a women’s only mountain bike ride on Sept. 1, 9-11 a.m. at Freedom Park. Rides are also scheduled for Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. The bike rides are open to all ages and experience levels and will include novice and intermediate/advanced groups. Riders will meet outside the Freedom Park Interpretive Center located at 5537 Centerville Rd.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn the trail system of over 20 miles of single-track and multiuse trails, meet fellow female riders in the community and learn the ins-and-outs of mountain biking. In addition to a bike and helmet, riders are encouraged to bring water bottles and/or hydration packs.
Freedom Park is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset. The Interpretive Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. For more information, stop by the Park, visit jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4022.
Local W&M Alumni are invited to a casual family bike event on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. The event is a family bike ride, lawn games and light refreshments at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park at 1350 John Tyler Highway (www.jccegov.com. The park is located next to the Virginia Capital Bike Trail. There is no registration/fee. For more info contact Barbara Ramsey at 757- 876-5391 or Ramseybl@aol.com.
The sixth annual WISC Family Festival is scheduled 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 from 9:30 at the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex. This year’s theme is “WISC Olympic Fever.” The free event will feature a petting zoo, WISC Olympic
Games for the kids and families, food and vendors.
The WISC is located at 5700 Warhill Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23188 inside of Warhill Park
Approximately fifty people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the latest section of the Virginia Capital Trail. Held at Charles City Courthouse, the event marks the start of construction of the 12.5 mile, Sherwood Forest segment. This section of the trail will connect the existing Charles City Courthouse segment to the Chickahominy section, completing 28 contiguous miles of the planned 52 mile route.
The trail will pass Sherwood Forest, home of America’s 10th president, John Tyler.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in October, 2013.
The Virginia Capital Trail is a pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The Trail will traverse 50+ miles, four jurisdictions and 400 years rich in history along one of the first inland routes in North America. The Virginia Capital Trail is still under construction, with an estimated completion date of 2014
Currently, there are four open sections of the Virginia Capital Trail:
- Richmond Riverfront – .5 miles – open
Parking at Shiplock Park in downtown Richmond along Dock Street. Trail to the west for ½ mile.
- Charles City Courthouse, 7.5 miles – open
Parking at Charles City Courthouse Visitors Center, just off of Rt. 5. Trail to the west for 7.5 miles.
- Chickahominy Riverfront, 5 miles – open (connected to completed Greensprings section)
Parking at Chickahominy Riverfront Park or Jamestown High School. Trail to the east (or west if parking at JHS) 5 miles.
- Greensprings, 2 miles — open (connected to completed Chickahominy section)
Parking at Jamestown Settlement. Trailhead across Rt. 31.
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Located next to the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, this bowl-style skate park is 10,000 square feet of concrete jumps and ramps. It also features two movable ramps, a rail, a hand rail, and multiple grinding edges. Helmets and protective are highly recommended for your protection. Spectators are not permitted inside fenced area.
Passes are required to use the Skate Park. Passes are free for James City County and City of Williamsburg residents ($10 replacement fee if lost). Nonresidents may purchase a single day rate at $5 or a season pass at $35. Passes are sold in the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road.
- Winter Hours: November 11-March 15, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
- Spring Hours: March 16-June 15, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
- Summer Hours: June 16-September 5, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
- Fall Hours: September 6-November 10, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.