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Date: March 30, 2009

Public meeting on Southwest Virginia Museum master plan to be held April 14

(BIG STONE GAP, VA) ? A meeting to review the initial master plan for Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will be held at the museum Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. A master plan directs proposed development in the park for the next 20 years.

Planners from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will conduct the meeting. They will present and seek input for the park?s initial plan that outlines the park?s current offerings and identifies new projects. Proposals for the museum include construction of maintenance and storage buildings, exterior lighting installation and improving wheelchair accessibility.

A master plan is developed for each Virginia State Park and is reviewed every five years. The plan guides development of park facilities and programs for approximately 20 years. Amending a park master plan is a public process, and public meetings are held when major changes are considered or new park properties are acquired.

The meeting will be held at Southwest Virginia Museum, 10 W. 1st St. North, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. For more information, call Park Resource Management Director Theresa Layman at (804) 786-9025 or at


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