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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 30, 2004
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Leesylvania State Park opens temporary boat launch April 2

(Woodbridge, VA)-- Closed since September after damage by Hurricane Isabel, the largest public boat launch in Northern Virginia with access to the Potomac River will reopen April 2.

"The temporary replacement piers aren't as large as those we had, but they will allow us to keep the facility open throughout the spring," said Leesylvania State Park manager Jim Klakowicz.

Permanent repairs will take place in two phases. The permanent piers may be installed in late June or early July. The gas dock pier and sewage pump-out station may be installed by Labor Day weekend, depending on the construction schedule.

"The new piers will be detachable and can be removed and stored, should the park be threatened by another hurricane," Klakowicz said.

Managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia State Parks sustained more than $9 million in hurricane damage statewide. Final repair costs at Leesylvania haven't been tallied but are expected to be more than $1 million.

Virginia State Parks offers a parking-boat launch pass for Leesylvania that allows holders access to all other state park boat launches.For more Virginia State Parks information, call 1-800-933-PARK.

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