TAC donates $7,500 toward DeHart trail

At the conclusion of its Sept. 22 meeting, the Patrick County Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) voted to approve a donation of $7,500 toward the paving of a recently constructed extension of the walking trail at DeHart Park in Stuart.
Clyde Crissman, recreation director, along with the Stuart Parks and Recreation Association, requested the assistance with the trail and offered three quotes for paving the extension.
After deliberating in closed session, the council voted in favor of awarding $7,500, or approximately 20% of the total cost.
Joanne Spangler, TAC chairman, praised both the park and the trail. “DeHart Park is a staple of our community, providing both tourists and residents with an opportunity to enjoy scenic walks, beautiful views, and to experience numerous outdoor recreational activities,” Spangler said. “This addition will be a lasting asset that we can all enjoy.”
Joseph Quesenberry, county tourism director, explained the amount of the donation.
“When the park came to us and requested a donation, we chose a figure of 20% based on the current Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) alternatives program model,” Quesenberry said. “This model includes an 80-20 match, with federal funds consisting of the 80% and local funds consisting of the 20%.
“This is the same program that paid for the Dan River Park Trail and is currently being utilized with the Mayo River Rail Trail,” Quesenberry said. We found this method to be the most equitable in assisting with the new trail extension.”
The Tourism Advisory Council is a seven-member council appointed by the Patrick County Board of Supervisors. TAC funds are generated by the transient occupancy or lodging tax, which is paid by tourists and other visitors who stay in motels, bed and breakfast inns, and Primland Resort. No real estate or personal property taxes are used for TAC projects.
For more information, contact Quesenberry at 276-694-6094.


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