Purcellville Council Lines Up in Support of Bike Park Plan

Adam Caudill was like many Purcellville kids who are frequently seen riding their bikes around town, meeting with friends and getting some fresh air and exercise. With his tall, lanky frame and bright red mountain bike, the 15-year-old may have been more recognizable than others.

He died in January following a tragic accident, but his memory—and passion for cycling—may live on in a new gift to the town’s youth and families.

On Tuesday night, Adam’s mother, Michelle Caudill, formally presented her idea for a new town bike park to the Town Council. The park would be built in the woods behind the Bush Tabernacle at Fairman’s Field and would be paid for with community contributions.

She said Adam had a huge heart and would want to seek people happy and families gathering outdoors and enjoying cycling. 

“I want to people to know he existed,” and to give back to the community he loved, she told the council.

The town-owned property is ideally suited for the use, within easy biking distance of dozens of neighborhoods.

Adam Caudill [Family photo]

The proposed park draws inspirations from one in Stephens City, with rugged trails, jumps and other features that will offer challenges to cyclists of all ages, but also provide space for young riders to learn and build confidence.

The project is expected to cost $60,000-$80,000. Most of that would be covered by the special memorial fund established after Adam’s death. That has raised more that $50,000 already. And bike park vendors are expected to get behind the project as well. Organizers said the park’s maintenance likely can be handled by volunteer community and cycling groups. In effect, the town government’s only commitment would be to allow the use of the land. 

Caudill said she would like to see the park open by Adam’s birthday, June 5. 

Following Tuesday’s presentation, council members said they already were on board with the plan. Many came to tears in expressing their feelings.

Councilman Joel D. Grewe noted that usually petitioners come to council meetings asking for thing, not asking to give the town a new, much needed service. “I would like to see this done,” he said.

Councilwoman Erin Rayner was among the members noting children need more things to do in town, calling it “such an amazing project.”

“I’m a yes,” Councilman Tip Stinnette said quickly and was one of several who said the town needed not only to get behind the project, but to make sure they don’t hold it up.

Mayor Kwasi Frazer said the council got more than 150 emails supporting the project. 

“We want to stay out of your way to get this done,” he said. “We’re going to get this done.”

Town Manager David A. Mekarski said he would assemble a task force of his management team to help shepherd the project through the process.

“You’re an inspiration for every parent in this community,” he said to Caudill.

Learn more at about the Thumbs Up for Adam memorial fund at fnd.us/f1lFVd.

A proposed conceptual layout of a community bike park at Firemans Filed in Purcellville.
The proposed location of the planned Purcellville bike park next at Firemans Field.

2 thoughts on “Purcellville Council Lines Up in Support of Bike Park Plan

  • 2021-12-15 at 11:05 am
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    I can’t think of a worthier initiative for Purcellville to pursue. It should completed as expeditiously as possible, in honor of Adam Caudill. I’m holding back tears as I write these words. But I also feel very grateful that Adam’s legacy will live on. To his family, please accept my deepest condolences.

  • 2021-12-15 at 12:44 pm
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    This is a much needed addition to the community. Sign me up for trail building! Great news. I didn’t know Adam but I’m sure he’d be happy to have this built in his memory.

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