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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 03, 2006
Contact: Gary Waugh, DCR Public Relations Manager, (804) 786-5045, gary.waugh@dcr.virginia.gov

Lake Anna State Park gains waterfront property

RICHMOND – Lake Anna State Park’s lakefrontjust grew by nearly two miles with the acquisition of a 367-acre parcel inSpotsylvania County. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreationpaid the Marvin Ware family $5.1 million for property overlooking the lakeand the park’s current picnic area.

“This is a magnificent piece of property with beautiful lake views,” said DCR Director Joseph H. Maroon. “We are extremely fortunate thatthe Ware family was interested in seeing their property become a vital partof Lake Anna State Park’s future.”

Lake Anna State Park’s master plan will be revised to determine howthe new property will be used. This revision will be a public process sothat local residents will have a say in how the new property is developed.

The acquisition has been in the works for more than nine months after parkstaff heard the property was on the market. A subdivision had been proposedbut the Ware family opted to sell to the state for expansion of the park.Two citizens groups, the Friends of Lake Anna State Park and the VirginiaAssociation for Parks, were instrumental in bringing this property to theattention of park staff and state leaders.

Lake Anna is one of 34 Virginia State Parks celebrating their 70th anniversaryin 2006. For more information call toll-free 1-800-933-PARK or go onlineat www.dcr.virginia.gov.

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