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THE VIRGINIA ACTIVE LIVING PROJECT

Background

During the summer of 2018, the City of Virginia, Minnesota, developed a steering committee of staff and community members to develop walking and bicycling routes throughout the Virginia community. These routes were to be designed on existing trails, sidewalks, and streets to connect residents with popular destinations in town. The end goal was to create maps and guidance for installation of community signage to identify where the walking and biking routes are located. Although installation of signage was recommended in the process, encouragement of physical activity was the aim of the project. An additional component of this project was meant to identify routes throughout the community for recreational 5K race events.

The City of Virginia applied and was awarded assistance to pursue this project from the Healthy Northland Active Communities Assistance Program, which is made possible by Healthy Northland and provides planning assistance from the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission. The project is funded in part by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CLICK HERE FOR THE STUDY RESULTS (.pdf)

WALK VIRGINIA!

 

One of the results of the Virginia Active Living Study focused on encouraging community members to use and promote the pre-defined walking trails in the City. 

 

These trails are a great way to connect with nature, recreation, art, history, and business on one of our quintessential tours in the heart of the city of Virginia.

SILVER LAKE

Take a tour around Silver Lake for a view of nature, explore the art, enjoy the views and stop at one of  the businesses along this centrally located route.

 

BAILEYS LAKE

Find what you've been missing with a scenic stroll around Bailey's—just seconds from the Downtown District!

 

OLCOTT PARK

Unlock history, culture, nature, and fun as you savor a casual walk around one of Virginia's most popular parks!

HWY 53 BRIDGE

Unwind with nature and the Mesabi Trail on your way to one of the best (and newest) views the Iron Range has to offer.