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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 04, 2007
Contact: Gary Waugh, DCR Public Relations Manager, (804) 786-5045, gary.waugh@dcr.virginia.gov

Public meeting on James River State Park master plan to be held Sept. 19

(GLADSTONE, VA) – A meeting to receive ideas on the use and developmentof new lands acquired for James River State Park in Buckingham County willbe held Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Gladstone Volunteer Fire DepartmentMeeting Hall. The relocation of the state park’s horse camping areawill also be discussed.

Planners from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation willconduct the meeting. Since the park’s original master plan was revisedin 2004, the park has acquired a 57-acre island in the James River and nearly18 acres along the river at Bent Creek. DCR wants ideas from local residentson the best use of these new sites. In addition, archeological remains ofa Native American encampment have been found on the current master plan’ssite for a horse campground. Input is needed on the best site to relocatethis facility.

A master plan is developed for each Virginia State Park and is reviewed everyfive years. The plan guides development of park facilities and programs forapproximately 20 years. Developing a master plan is a very public processwith several public input and review meetings held. Public meetings are alsoheld when major changes are considered or new park properties are acquired.

The Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department Meeting Hall is located at 8786 RichmondHighway, Gladstone, Virginia 24553. For more information, call DCR PlanningBureau Manager Bob Munson at (804) 786-6140 or call James River State Parkat (434) 933-8527.

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