Even with the threat of a deluge of rain, volunteers from the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition recently cleared a path through weeds and grass to create a trail at Neabsco Eagles Park.

The new section of trail now connects the park’s parking lot, at 15801 Neabsco Road, to an existing trail. The existing trail leads to the trail system at Julie A. Metz Wetlands Park, which will meet the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk when it is finished in December, according to Mike DePue, vice president of the coalition.
DePue said building the trail was part of the coalition’s mission. “We promote recreational non-motorized transportation opportunities throughout Prince William County to connect people with natural and cultural resources that are so abundant here.”
Sophia Vitter tagged along to the worksite with her mother Zoe Vitter, a coalition member. Sophia, a rising freshman in high school, said she’s been volunteering with her mother for some time and she likes the work. “I kind of grew up doing this, and I love the environment and nature.”
A half a dozen or so others came out to help, as well. Marine Corps Sgt. Dei DeWitt said she has time to volunteer, so she does. “I love volunteering, and I can see the need for people to be out here doing this kind of thing. It’s very hard for people to find the free time to do this with whatever busy schedule anyone would have, but it’s definitely good for you.”
Eric Van Nortwick likes the work and said it benefits him with all the digging and raking. “I just like coming out here. It’s good exercise. I like working on the trails.”
Deb Oliver, spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Public Works, said the coalition has done a lot for the county. “The group does amazing work and have provided a great deal of hours and many miles of trails to our community.”
For more information about trails in the county, visit www.pwcgov.org/trails.

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