2018 was a great year for Fredericksburg! Believe it or not, 2019 is set to be even bigger.
Here’s a sneak peek…
Perhaps the biggest project to get started in Fredericksburg, is the Potomac National Baseball Stadium. By now you have probably heard the news. Check this article out if you need a recap.
“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 )
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.”
Another eagerly awaited project that launches in 2019 is The Fredericksburg Regional Brew Trail, which is a conglomeration of Spotsylvania, Stafford and Fredericksburg breweries.
“We believe that Fredericksburg a a region has much to offer from brewery expert to casual tourist,” explained Harry Hogan from 1781 Brewing Co. “We had an exciting and eclectic array of different talents that we bring. Each with our own touch and each with the mindset that we all make each other better. We have everything from the imaginarium to the English style pub, to the Belgian style farmhouse of settings. We aim to broaden Fredericksburg as an attractive place to spend the week or weekend.; exploring not only the great beer but the food, history and culture of our great little town.”
The Fredericksburg Region Brew Trail includes:
- 1781 Brewing Company
- 6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Co.
- Adventure Brewing Co.
- Barley Naked Brewing Co.
- Highmark Brewing Co.
- Maltese Brewing Co.
- Red Dragon Brewing Co.
- Spencer Devon Brewing
- Strangeways Brewing Co.
The Regional Tourism Partnership is working on passports to guide people to all the breweries. Once you get a certain number of stamps, you can bring your passport to one of the Visitor Centers to collect a prize.
We have some pretty exciting 2019 news for families. Funland has already broken ground on Virginia’s first three layer go-Kart track! This $1.2 million dollar track will be a whopping 27-feet high and 1,872 feet long! It will replace their Grand Prix Track, and allow for 21 go-karts at a time. Funland hopes to complete their project by end of Spring 2019.
For all the outdoors lovers out there, you have to put Widewater State Park’s upcoming hikes on your 2019 calendar! The park opened in November of 2018, and is a great spot to spend the day. The park lies on a peninsula and provides access to Aquia Creek and the Potomac River. Widewater State Park has a visitor center, picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, canoe-kayak launches and a hiking trail.
We’re also very excited that Riverfront Park’s renovations will finally break ground in 2019! 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. The current schedule for the project provides for construction beginning and finishing in 2019.
Look for Mission BBQ to open a Spotsylvania location Summer of 2019 (tentative)! They have signed a lease for a l space in front of the Gabe’s store in Spotsylvania Crossing Shopping Center on State Route 3. Their Stafford location is a favorite among locals and serves authentic BBQ with generous sides.
One eagerly anticipated addition to the Fredericksburg food scene is Dominion Public Market, which will be located on Caroline Street, in downtown Fredericksburg! "Within the 35,000 square foot facility, several visions have aligned to build an unrivaled culinary and event experience that supports the region’s workforce and local community." This space will include a food hall, market place, and a Culinary Kitchen program. The program, "immerses you in an environment that’s as close to the real world as it gets. Working in a modern, professional kitchen, you will be able to hone your cooking skills as you focus on learning to deliver the popular flavors and techniques today’s consumers—and employers—want and expect. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven chef's." In addition to dining and shopping, Dominion Public Market will be open for events of up to 250 people.
While it’s easy to get pumped up about future projects, we can’t help but be equally as excited about beloved Fredericksburg traditions like The Marine Corps Historic Half and The Stafford Race Series!
What are you looking forward to the most this year?
Written by Brenda Sapanghila