County residents interested in the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s (NVRPA) proposed Cool Spring Battlefield park will have new information to consider by the end of this week. In a February 6th letter to Clarke County Board of Supervisors chairman Michael Hobert (Berryville), NVRPA executive director Paul Gilbert said that the park authority will have a response to questions raised during a January 26th public information meeting by February 16th.
In the letter, Gilbert said that NVRPA will provide a detailed operational plan for Cool Spring Battlefield Park. Gilbert said that the plan will address park staffing and security, road maintenance, litter, fire safety, after-hours usage of the park and access to the Shenandoah River.
Gilbert offered to meet with the Supervisors or other people suggested by the Supervisors in order to continue to explore moving the Cool Spring Battlefield Park option forward.
The public use concept that has been put forward for the proposed riverside park envisions day-use only with no overnight camping. In his letter to Hobert, Gilbert sites a soon-to-be-released Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation “Virginia Outdoor Survey” that assesses the number of Virginia households that participate in various types of outdoor activities.
According to the survey’s top four categories, 82% of Virginia households report “walking for pleasure”, 62% “visit historic areas”, 51% “visit parks” and 50% report “visiting natural areas, preserves or refuges”.
Gilbert said that “all four of the Virginia Outdoor Survey top categories fit well with the vision of a Cool Spring Battlefield Park.”