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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 19, 2007
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Public meeting on Staunton River State Park master plan to be held Oct. 29

(SCOTTSBURG, VA) ? A meeting to receive ideas on the use and development of new lands acquired for Staunton River State Park in Halifax County will be held Monday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mary Bethune Complex Board of Supervisor?s meeting room.

Planners from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will conduct the meeting. The park has recently acquired an additional 1,100 acres, which includes a large lake, almost 30 miles of trails and management roads, and a rustic log cabin. DCR wants ideas from local residents on the best use of this new land.

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. Developing a master plan is a very public process with several public input and review meetings held. Public meetings are also held when major changes are considered or new park properties are acquired.

Changes to Staunton River State Park?s master plan could include relocation of an equestrian campground and day-use parking areas, a new picnic area, bank fishing and non-motorized boating on the lake, a group camp area, an environmental education center at the lake, and the relocation of the park contact station. Other suggested changes to the plan are wheelchair-accessible trails and fishing opportunities.

The Mary Bethune Complex is at 1030 Cowford Rd., Halifax, Va. The Board of Supervisors meeting room is on the second floor. For more information, call DCR Planning Bureau Manager Bob Munson at (804) 786-6140 or call Staunton River State Park at (434) 572-4623.

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