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Date: February 26, 2004
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442,

Hurricane-ravaged York River State Park reopens March 1

(RICHMOND) - After nearly six months of cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Isabel, York River State Park in James City County will reopen March 1.

"It's been a lot of hard work, but we're ready to let the public back in," said Park Manager Thomas Cervenak. "Some of the trails remain closed where trees are still down, and the canoe dock on Taskinas Creek will be closed for a few more weeks until a new dock is in place, but our visitor center is open and visitors are welcome to use most of our hiking, biking and equestrian trails."

Managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia State Parks sustained more than $9 million in hurricane damage statewide. The cost to clean up York River will be approximately $1.2 million.

The following trails remain closed: Taskinas Creek Trail, Me-Te-Kos Challenge Bridle Trail, Mattaponi Trail and the bridge that connects Majestic Oaks Trail with the north fork of Powhattan Forks Trail.

"Although most of the cleanup is complete, there are a variety of opportunities for volunteers to help spruce up the park," Cervenak said. "We can still use your help."

For more information about York River State Park, or to volunteer, call (757) 566-3036.

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