Biscuit Run State Park planning committee

The first meeting was January 24. Representatives of the state park system, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) directors, and lots of citizens from Albemarle and the City met to begin the process of figuring out the vision, goals, and facilities desired at the park. The process will take about a year, with semi-monthly committee meetings, a tour of the site, and two public meetings to get feedback to initial and to more final plans. The committee is advisory and final decisions will be made by the DCR and Park System and approved by the General Assembly.

The history of parks in Virginia and in the nation is a rich and colorful story. The DCR takes their job seriously and wants Biscuit Run State Park to be another jewel in Virginia’s resources.

The variety of interests represented is wide–walkers, hikers, bikers, botanists and naturalists, horseback riders, dancers, musicians, farmers, neighbors, and county staff and elected officials. We will all work to find common ground for this great natural and recreational resource in our urban area.

While some think we lost a valuable development asset and got dirt in return, I look forward to the things we CAN decide and plan to make this park a great asset for Albemarle’s quality of life and its economy.

Have a look at the Virginia Outdoors Plan on line. There are detailed assessments of the conservation (pg 451) and recreation (p 452) facilities in Region 10

I hope to see many citizens at the meetings. Please let me know if you have ideas to share.

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