Virginia Active Living Project

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During the summer of 2018, the City of Virginia is working to develop walking and biking routes throughout the Virginia community. These routes are being designed on existing trails, sidewalks, and streets to connect residents with common destinations in town. At the end of the project, new street signs and maps will identify where the walking and biking routes are located. An additional component of this project will identify routes throughout the community for recreational 5K race events.

With the goal of encouraging residents to safely walk, run, and bike more often, these routes will be determined based on community input about existing travel patterns.  From April 26 to May 10, community input is being sought with interactive posters at six locations around town:
Virginia Public Library, The Shop Coffeehouse, Mesabi Recreation, Mesabi Range College, Natural Harvest Food Co-op, and Mesabi Family YMCA. Community members may also submit input online by visiting

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.

For More Information about the Active Living project in Virginia, please contact:

Russell Habermann, ARDC Planner

Britt See-Benes, City of Virginia Administrator