Just when you start thinking that you’ve seen it all and done it all in the Fredericksburg region, the region switches it up! We are definitely not complaining, though.
Here’s a quick run down of the latest editions, advancements, announcements, and updates in Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, and Stafford.
Potomac Nationals relocation and proposed baseball stadium- We would be remiss not to talk about this one first. If you haven’t heard the news, The Potomac NATIONALS would like to relocate to Fredericksburg, and a Stadium has been proposed.
“The proposed 4,750 seat stadium would be the home of a Minor League Baseball team and potentially the site of 25 to 35 non-baseball events throughout the year. The stadium would be leased to the team for year-round operation. A specific site for the stadium has not been identified. “ ( More info here )
Fredericksburg public council heard public comment about the proposed stadium during their July 9, 2013 meeting. City Council will hold a second public hearing before making a decision on whether to amend the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvements Plan. According to a Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority commissioned market analysis, Fredericksburg “has an exceptionally strong demographic profile for minor league baseball given its ideal household wealth, spending, and size characteristics. The Market Analysis projected stabilized attendance levels of 4,100 to 4,600 for minor league baseball games at the stadium, and between 25 and 35 non-game revenue-generating events per year.”
Break It recently just opened on Plank Road. In the mood to just break something? This is the place to go - you can literally break things for fun! They provide the items to break and the tools to do it.
A new brewery has joined the Fredericksburg Area Brewery family - Barley Naked. The tap room and brewhouse is just off 610/Garrisonville Road.
Barley Naked plans to live by this standard:
Simple ingredients and a traditional, hands-on approach to brewing is how Barley Naked crafts each of our beers, and all are designed to please even the purist. It is simply perfection in each pint. That is what Barley Naked Brewing Company is all about ~ minimal ingredients, traditional recipes, and a fundamental brewing approach designed to deliver beer that’s perfect for everyday drinking and sharing. Life is far too complicated and way too short, so drink Barley Naked.
Board and Brush is coming to Spotsylvania. This creative studio is a place for you to build custom decor in a workshop atmosphere. Board and Brush will offer wood elements, but also offer glass, chalboard, canvas pillows, slate and terra cotta pots for your diy projects.
Central Park’s Fun-land is changing names and adding a large track- Fredericksburg’s iconic Central Park Fun-land will soon be known simply as, Fun-Land of Fredericksburg. With the new name comes a new track. A $1.2 million dollar, 27-foot high,1,872 foot long go-kart track, to be precise. It is replacing their Grand Prix Track, and will allow for 21 go-karts at a time.They plan to finish buiding by March 2019.
Photo: Harlow Chandler III
Downtown Fredericksburg is home to two new restaurants and one more is on the way! The Falafel Joint and Mian Noodle have recently opened their doors, and a local food truck favorite, Juan More Taco, will open a restaurant later this year. The Falafel Joint offers falafel and other casual Mediterranean food. Mian Noodle is a noodle house with a variety of pho, bun, raman, and healthy noodle/ rice bowls on the menu.
Regal 14 added an Imax theater- Regal Fredericksburg 14 added an IMAX theater to their location, over the summer of 2018. This is not only the first IMAX theater for Fredericksburg, but the only IMAX 3D theater in the region. Fun fact: The first movie to be shown in IMAX at Regal Fredericksburg 14 was "Tomb Raider."
Widewater State Park improvements are underway- Stafford County is adding several highly anticipated amenities to Widewater State Park. According to the master plan, "The three-phase development plan for Widewater State Park begins with a focus on water access to the Potomac River and Aquia Creek, including a boat launch, fishing pier, bank fishing, canoe launches/landings, and related support facilities. Day-use facilities such as trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas with beautiful water views are also planned in Phase I. Phase II includes the addition of a Visitor Center, office space, trail enhancements, and additional dayuse facilities. Phase III focuses on overnight facilities and includes cabins, a campground, group camping facilities, additional canoe-in camping sites and an environmental education center.
A pdf of the master plan can be found here.
Stafford is building a trail system on River Road that will connect Fredericksburg and Stafford Trails. - This trail system has been 30 years in the making. It’s newest section (at Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail) is expected to be finished and operational by the end of 2018.
“The new section will begin near the River Road entrance to Pratt Park, across National Park Service land along River Road, travel under the Chatham Bridge and curve up to the sidewalks along the bridge," according to the county.
El Patron is expanding – Currently, they have two locations in Spotsylvania County, and are opening a new one in Stafford County. El Patron is a family owned Mexican restaurant. They offer lunch and dinner options, with generous portions.
Skrimp Shack- Speaking of Spotsylvania restaurants, a new seafood place opened recently in Cosner’s Corner. Skrimp Shack’s menu boasts a variety of fish dinners, as well as fish and chicken sandwiches. According to the restaurant, they are home to the “fattest fish sandwich” you’ve ever had. The Skrimp Shack will be heading to Stafford soon, too! Check out their website for their menu and story.
Riverfront Park plans to break ground Spring 2019- If you have been in or around Fredericksburg over the past few years, you have probably caught wind of the renovation of Riverfront Park. Here’s a rundown: The proposed updates to the park will include children's play areas, an interactive water feature, and a stage and events lawn for concerts and other events.It also boasts a great view of the Rappahannock River. As of the writing of this article, The City Of Fredericksburg has “received the 50% design plans and presented to them in a Council Work Session on May 8, 2018. Ninety percent design plans have been received. A special Council Work Session will be held August 16, 2018 to discuss Riverfront Park. The current schedule for the project provides for construction beginning in early 2019 and being completed that year.”
Written by, Brenda Sapanghila