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History and Community

Our neighborhoods, history and historic district and small businesses are the backbone of our city. Improved pedestrian access and gathering places such as the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail, the Virginia Central Railway Trail, Riverfront Park, Dixon Park, Old Mill Park and all of our beautiful parks translates to a healthy and robust community. Our downtown business district and Historic District reflect the strength of small businesses and tourism. There is great excitement as we see the emphasis on telling and sharing Fredericksburg's complete story with new markers highlighting the contributions of John Washington and the newly developed Civil Rights Trail. The Mary Washington Monument is getting stronger emphasis and City Council has recently established a group to find a solution to the Renwick Building.

Fredericksburg has a strong record of being good stewards of our natural environment. From the river easement that preserved 4200 acres along the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers in 2006, to parks and trail building, we have taken this goal seriously. Hybrid vehicles and electric school buses are being phased in at the Police Department and city schools. Engineering studies to assess the potential of solar panels for municipal buildings and schools are bringing us closer to our Fossil Free goal.
Live ~ Work ~ Play...please!

The school year is underway with construction beginning on our new middle school. Our beautiful, friendly neighborhoods give residents a safe place to call home. Our Planning Department's Small Area Plans are ensuring that pedestrian access, affordability and safety remain priorities.

Whether it's working for a small business, the city, Fredericksburg City Public Schools, UMW or Mary Washington Healthcare, FXBG has much to offer to the workforce. Upgrades to the VRE station will enhance the commute for residents. Redevelopment of some of our commercial areas brings opportunities.

We all need to unwind. Walk the trails or neighborhood streets. Relax or play in our parks. Take in a concert at Market Square or a FredNats game. Stroll to the Farmers Market on a Saturday morning and then go find a good book at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Kayak, SUP or tube down the river. Find a program, class or event through Parks and Recreation. Pick some fruit and feed the animals at Braehead Farm. Volunteer for our many worthwhile organizations. There are so many ways to connect
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