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Public Invited to Shape Future of Machicomoco State Park at Master Plan Meeting

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is taking a significant step in shaping the future of Machicomoco State Park and its neighboring Middle Peninsula unit. 

A public information meeting, crucial to the development of the park’s master plan, is scheduled for December 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the T.C. Walker Education Center Auditorium in Gloucester.

This meeting marks a pivotal moment in the park’s history, offering community members a unique opportunity to influence the park’s development and management. The master plan aims to identify the park’s natural, cultural, and physical resources, assess its needs, and integrate public feedback into its future direction.

The department has also provided a virtual participation option to ensure broader community involvement. Interested individuals can register for the online session through the master plan website, enhancing accessibility and encouraging widespread public engagement.

Machicomoco State Park, Virginia’s 40th state park, plays a significant role in the state’s outdoor recreation industry. Located along the York River, the park is not only a hub for outdoor activities but also a site of historical importance. It is near several notable landmarks, including the Werowocomoco archaeological site, the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail, and the Yorktown Battlefield at Colonial National Historical Park.

The name Machicomoco, meaning “a special meeting place,” reflects the park’s historical and cultural significance. This master planning process is an extension of that ethos, inviting the community to contribute to the park’s future as a meeting place for recreation, education, and preservation.

The public meeting is expected to be a forum for sharing ideas and perspectives, with a portion dedicated to receiving feedback from attendees. This collaborative approach underscores the department’s commitment to ensuring that the park serves the needs and interests of the community it supports.

The development of this master plan is not just about enhancing a single state park. It is a strategic move to bolster Virginia’s outdoor recreation industry. By focusing on sustainable development and community engagement, the plan aims to ensure that Machicomoco State Park continues to be a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and a contributor to the state’s economic vitality.

The park’s proximity to other historical sites adds to its appeal, offering visitors a blend of recreational and educational experiences. This unique combination positions the park as a key player in the state’s tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.

As Virginia continues to invest in its outdoor recreation industry, the development of Machicomoco State Park stands as a testament to the state’s commitment to preserving its natural and cultural heritage while promoting economic growth.

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May 4, 2024 3:43 pm

Maybe find unicorns at Machicomoco or hear about a futuristic hot dog stand! The park’s future could be as exciting as a squirrel on an espresso spree!

Paige Dawn
Paige Dawn
May 10, 2024 11:51 am

Just wanted to share that the master plan for Machicomoco State Park will focus on eco-friendly practices to protect the environment and enhance the visitor experience. It’s cool that the meeting allows us to brainstorm new ways to make the park even more awesome with fun and educational programs!


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