The Town of Blacksburg will celebrate the grand opening of the final part of the Huckleberry Trail Thursday afternoon.
“It’s been a multi-year process it’s just been something we’ve been chipping away and chipping away so now it’s complete,” said Dean Crane, director of Blacksburg Parks and Recreation.
The half a million dollar project has been in the works for more than a decade and includes a new 500-foot bridge, signage and walking and bicycle paths.
It extends from Old Glade Road to Prices Fork Road and is the final part needed to complete the 11.5-mile trail from Blacksburg to Christiansburg.
Cranes says building delays were due to funding sources. Ultimately, the town of Blacksburg decided to fund the half a million dollar project.
“A lot of people really excited,” said Crane.
“One because they’ve been here for a long, long time and we’ve been promising this for a long time. The other thing is now just people have a connection – they don’t have to get in a car to get out and enjoy nature.”
Crane says next steps include putting in benches and pocket parks in the area.
The grand opening will take place at Rising Silo at 3:30 Thursday afternoon.