Downtown’s ‘Love Scrub’ full of community spirit
The Downtown Fredericksburg we know and love teems with positivity, vibrancy, diversity and community spirit — and all were on full display Saturday under a hot summer sun.
The day kicked off with a group of 60-70 people, many of them local Realtors, gathering in historic Market Square for the FXBG Love Scrub. The team pulled weeds, planted flowers, picked up trash and generally left downtown looking sparkling clean and ready for July 1’s Phase 3 reopening.
Meanwhile, down at Hurkamp Park, people gathered for the weekly Farmers Market while others enjoyed brunch at Downtown Fredericksburg’s many delicious restaurants. Later in the day at Hurkamp Park, a peaceful and permitted crowd of about 400-500 people assembled for the Fred Pride 2020 march — using their First Amendment rights to free expression and assembly.
All over there were signs of great things to come downtown. Construction work continued on the Liberty Place and William Square projects on the former Free Lance-Star property. The two projects, which represent tens of millions of dollars of investment in our downtown, will bring new offices, restaurants, residences and hotel rooms. The Riverfront Park and Chatham Bridge construction sites promised a new center of cultural activity and a pedestrian-friendly connection between south Stafford and Fredericksburg.
It was all a nice reminder of what makes downtown so special — and what will continue to make it so special for another 300 years.