WHEREAS Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg Battlefield has been for many years a major attraction for tourists and residents of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford, to drive, walk, jog and bicycle, or to simply reflect on the sacrifice of our Civil War soldiers, and WHEREAS "Healthy Parks, Healthy People US" is a National Park Service initiative working to foster the health-related role that parks can and do play in our society, and its guiding principles include equitable access, seeking expertise from the private sector and encouraging activities that promote physical, mental and spiritual health, and WHEREAS Lee Drive is also part of the East Coast Greenway, a federally-designated Millennium Trail and also part of US Bike Route 1, a federally-designated interstate bicycle route, and WHEREAS the National Park Service, in violation of its own guiding principles, failed to consult the local community before recently applying asphalt and loose, pea gravel to a recently re-paved Lee Drive, purposefully creating an unsafe condition for cyclists, runners and walkers, alike, WE THE UNDERSIGNED, request that the National Park Service immediately remove the loose gravel from Lee Drive, greatly improving its safety and comfort for recreational uses, and ALSO, we request that in accordance with its own guiding principles, that the National Park Service involve the local community before taking future steps that degrade the community's ability to enjoy healthy recreation in its own park.
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