Billups Creek property being donated for use as nature park

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Nov 03, 2010 - 04:38 PM

Photo: This property on Billups Creek in Moon is in the process of being turned over to the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority. Owned by Conrad M. Hall of Norfolk, the nine-acre parcel will be the site of a nature park and waterfront center called the Mathews Heritage Park. Photo by Sherry Hamilton.

This property on Billups Creek in Moon is in the process of being turned over to the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority. Owned by Conrad M. Hall of Norfolk, the nine-acre parcel will be the site of a nature park and waterfront center called the Mathews Heritage Park. Photo by Sherry Hamilton.

A Mathews property owner is in the process of donating nine acres of land on Billups Creek off Field Point Road to the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority for use as a public nature park and waterfront center, to be named Mathews Heritage Park.

Conrad M. Hall of Norfolk, is donating the parcel. He said during an interview Tuesday that he wants to keep the property in as natural a state as possible.

"If we can preserve as much of the county as possible, we think that’s a plus," he said.

The nature park and waterfront center will be used for teaching visitors about the history of the people of Mathews, the ecology of the land and surrounding waters, and the skills traditionally carried out by Mathews residents, such as farming, fishing, boat-building, seamanship, navigation, sailing and rowing.