Master planning for recreational facilities at Van Clief Nature Area (VCNA) will kick off with a Community Meeting on Tuesday evening, November 12, at 7 pm in the Town Council chambers. Scottsville residents, business owners and visitors are invited to bring their ideas for the kinds of recreational activities they would like to enjoy at the Town’s largest park, located adjacent to the downtown business area. The meeting will focus on identifying citizen priorities for future development of the 63 acre property. When completed, the VCNA Master Plan will provide a detailed map for the location, extent and phased development of recreational activities which could include trails, fishing, birding, picnicking or other facilities suitable to the character of the site. Mayor Grove and members of the Town Council and Planning Commission will also participate in the discussions.
The Town of Scottsville is partnering with the James River Association (JRA) to highlight the strategic location of the Van Clief Nature Area and Mink Creek watershed in the James River Heritage Corridor, as well as the park’s importance to Scottsville’s economic development and community life. JRA is supporting the VCNA master planning process as part of its “Envision the James” project; Justin Doyle, JRA’s outreach manager, will discuss the organization’s program and Scottsville’s role accomplishing its goals.
Fred Oesch, a local architect well known for environmental planning, has offered his services for site planning and preparation of the VCNA Master Plan. A Recreational Trails Program grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation was awarded to the Town in June to fund the initial phase of development.
The Community meeting is open to all interested members of the public. For more information call (434) 286-9267.