A crowd of over 150 people gathered in Richmond today for the official opening of the riverfront section of the Virginia Capital Trail. Governor Tim Kaine, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer and other local dignitaries cut the ribbon, officially marking the to opening of the trail section.
“Whoever came up with the idea is an absolute genius,” said Mayor Jones, “To connect the two capitals and put them together as a place that people could ride and walk to is absolutely amazing. I predict people will come from all over America… (to ride the trail).”
Governor Kaine spoke of the benefits of the trail as, “A great asset for the region and Virginia,” as well as the health benefits citizens gain when they exercise and lead healthier lifestyles.
Kaine announced that the Capital Trail had been a priority during his administration and used the ceremony as an opportunity to announce that the trail is fully funded.
Completion of the trail is expected in 2014.