CBS19: Spanberger legislation provides more than $1M for Culpeper projects

CBS19

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to pass U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger’s legislation that would provide $1,012,777 for multiple community-focused projects in Culpeper County and the Town of Culpeper.

This investment includes $380,000 to acquire a new critical incident vehicle for the Culpeper Police Department

“The citizens of the Town of Culpeper will greatly benefit from awarding this funding to our Culpeper Police Department,” said Mayor Frank Reaves Jr. “This vehicle, along with the technology that will come with it, will provide our officers with the tools to ensure public safety in our great town.”

A total of $500,000 will be spent on Carver Center improvements.

The Carver Center is a hub for educational, non-profit, and agricultural organizations in Culpeper and surrounding counties, including the Carver Agricultural Research Center, Virginia Cooperative Extension offices, 4-H Club programming areas, and metalworking CTE courses. The necessary improvements — such as additional fixed seating, lighting, stage repairs, and audio-visual improvements — would allow for the existing main school building to be fully utilized to hold educational and community events both for current users of the Carver Center and expand use of the space to all of Culpeper County.

Finally, $132,777 will go to bring Lenn Park up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Lenn Park currently has gravel and crushed stone parking lots and trails throughout the 85-acre park, making the park amenities inaccessible to many residents of the county. Culpeper County would use this investment to grade and pave the parking lots and the trail loops around the softball fields, dog park, fitness equipment, amphitheater, pollinator garden, and shelter to upgrade the spaces to current ADA standards. The paved trail network would offer connecting access to all the amenities in Lenn Park for use by community members.

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