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Trails in Claudius Crozet Park Get Needed Upgrades

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The trail upgrades will provide easier access to downtown Crozet. The trail upgrades will provide easier access to downtown Crozet.
Crews laid down new gravel on the trail system. Crews laid down new gravel on the trail system.
Crews hope the upgrades will keep the trails in good shape during heavy rains. Crews hope the upgrades will keep the trails in good shape during heavy rains.
CROZET, Va. (WVIR) -

Claudius Crozet Park in Albemarle County is getting a few upgrades to its trail system thanks to a partnership between Albemarle County Parks and Recreation and the Crozet Trails Crew.

Crews laid new gravel to avoid flooding along one of the most popular trails in Crozet. They also put on finishing touches to make the trail easier to walk on and maintain.

The crew says the gravel will help the water slowly trickle over the trail, rather than flooding it as it’s done in past years. They hope the improvements will making it easier for people to get to downtown Crozet and keep the park dry.

"A lot of times after a rain there would be three inches of standing water out here," Rollins said.

The recent rain delayed the crew's work and what was expected to take a few days is just finishing up. Once completed, workers say there will be a lot less mud on the trail.

“It’s a really popular trail,” said Tucker Rollins of Albemarle Parks and Recreation. “It allows all the people in these neighborhoods to just walk a mile or so to downtown instead of having to drive all the way out on Route 240 and come around to Crozet.” 

Members of Crozet Trails Crew say making the trail accessible to families is a priority.

"I'm looking for stroller-ready trails," said Terri Miyamoto of Crozet Trails Crew. "I want young families to come out with their babies and be able to push the strollers on the trails."

Those with the Crozet Trail Crew said they are happy the work could be completed in time for their annual 5K race on Saturday morning.

Parks and Recreation offers guided trail walks for people in interested in learning more about them. The next walk will be on October 27.