Land acquired for Virginia's 40th state park in Gloucester County

Posted at 9:10 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 09:10:58-05

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials say a land acquisition in Gloucester County has brought Virginia one step closer to opening its 40th state park.

A Tuesday news release says the Conservation Fund transferred 643 acres known as Timberneck Farm to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The land will be part of a state park situated along the York River named Machicomoco that’s expected to open in early 2021. Dominion Energy provided $25 million for the project through an agreement intended to mitigate the effects of a significant transmission line project.

The release says the name “Machicomoco” was proposed by the Native American tribes in the region who contributed to the park design.