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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 29, 2014
Contact: Julie Buchanan, Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-2292, julie.buchanan@dcr.virginia.gov

Widewater State Park master plan amendment to be discussed

RICHMOND — An amendment to the Widewater State Park master plan will be the topic of a public meeting June 19, 6 p.m., at the Hilldrup Moving and Storage Training Facility, 4022 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Stafford.
 
Staff with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will provide an overview of the amendment and gather feedback from meeting attendees.  
 
The amendment calls for the relocation of several facilities that are proposed in the master plan. To protect underwater vegetation, a boat launch and fishing pier that were to be built on Aquia Creek would instead be built on the Potomac River side of the park. In order to balance development, the visitor center and offices would be built on the Aquia Creek side of the park rather than the Potomac side.
 
The amendment also calls for a reconfiguration of roads, relocation of a proposed contact station and canoe launch, and construction of an additional fishing pier.
 
A master plan guides development for each Virginia state park. Amending a plan is a public process, and public meetings are held when major changes are considered. 
 
Widewater State Park will be built on 1,100 acres in Stafford County. When fully built, it will offer an environmental education center, a campground, cabins and an expanded trail system. The park’s original master plan was developed in 2008 and updated in 2013. 
 
DCR manages the Virginia State Park system.
 
For more information, contact DCR Park Planner Bill Conkle at bill.conkle@dcr.virginia.gov or 804-786-5492.
 

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