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New State Park in Loudoun! News Release from LaRock, Minchew, Black, and Higgins

posted Jun 30, 2016, 7:55 AM by Bill Hohl
State Park in Catoctin 
June 15, 2016
Loudoun County Now Officially Has a State Park!
Hamilton, VA - Yesterday, after years of work, the deed was recorded transferring approximately 600 acres of land in Northwestern Loudoun County to the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation. This transaction,first announced by Governor Bob McDonnell in January 2014, means that Loudoun County now officially has a state park!
The land for the state park was donated to the Commonwealth by the Old Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC) of Purcellville, which received the land from the Robert and Dee Leggett foundation. The property borders theAppalachian Trail and includes historic farmsteads, deep woods and wildflower meadows.
Senator Richard Black stated, "I'm proud of all of the work our local elected officials have put into bringing this project to fruition.  It will be a lasting benefit to the community that will provide a place for people to enjoy the beauty of Loudoun County."
Delegate Dave LaRock added, "I'm excited about this new park being established and thankful for the efforts of Sen. Dick Black, Del. Randy Minchew, Supervisor Geary Higgins and State, County and ODLC staff to make this State Park a reality. This Park will be a great addition to Western Loudoun's already-vibrant winery and tourism industries."
Delegate Randy Minchew said, "I have hiked through this land a number of times and it is a great piece of property. It could become the Sky Meadows State Park of Loudoun County. This will be a jewel for the whole county."
Catoctin District Supervisor Geary M. Higgins added, "The significance of this new state park is immense and I have been privileged to have been a part of this process over the past three years.  This park will be a jewel to Loudoun County, the Catoctin District, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.  From a historical perspective alone this park preserves a considerable piece of history as this land includes the route Mosby's Rangers took to attack thefederal camp of Cole's Cavalry one-hundred and fifty years ago on January 10, 1864.  I commend Bob and Dee Leggett for their donation and foresight to create this park that will be enjoyed not only by residents of Loudoun County but by many future generations."

The 600-acre parcel is part of the900-acre Blue Ridge Center for
 Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), and is the initial portion of what may become a 1,500-acre park. It will be several years beforethe property is developed. TheVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages the Virginia park system, will work to develop master plans for the Loudoun County property once acquisition is complete. The master plan will incorporate input from the local community, park planners and state officials.
For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Senator Richard Black: Chris Lore at 703-468-1342
Delegate Dave LaRock Daniel Davies at (540) 751-8364
Delegate Randy Minchew: Tami Davis at 703-777-1570
Catoctin Supervisor Geary Higgins: Stacy Carey at 703-737-8571

Thank you!
Best Regards,
Supervisor Geary Higgins
Board of Supervisors - Catoctin District
Loudoun County, Virginia

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