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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 15, 2002
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Governor Warner designates June Virginia State Parks Month

(RICHMOND) - Governor Mark R. Warner has designated June 2002 as Virginia State Parks Month and recognizes June 15, 2002 as Virginia State Parks Day.

"For 66 years Virginia State parks have been a national leader in providing recreational opportunities," Governor Warner said. "It is fitting that we recognize June as Virginia State Parks Month and June 15 as Virginia State Parks Day."

On June 15, 1936 Virginia simultaneously opened six state parks: Douthat, Westmoreland, Hungry Mother, Fairy Stone, Staunton River and Seashore, now First Landing.

"Our 34 state parks are special places where we can leave behind life's daily pressures and reconnect with nature, with our families and with our past," Warner said.

Managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia's state park system is the 2001-2003 National Gold Medal award winner for excellence in park and recreation management. The award was presented by the National Sporting Goods Association's Sports Foundation Inc. in cooperation with the National Recreation and Park Association.

For more information about Virginia State Parks call 1-800-933-PARK (7275) or visit the DCR Internet site at <www.dcr.virginia.gov.>

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