Once again, another state budget is here. And once again, the Middle Peninsula State Park in Gloucester was overlooked. And, once again, the 431 acres at the end of Rosewell Plantation Road sit largely undeveloped, waiting patiently for visitors. It’s been a decade-long wait so far, with no end in sight.
The park’s omission from the House of Delegates, Senate and Gov. McAuliffe’s proposed general operating budgets is regrettable, but understandable. After all, state budgets are driven by more immediate, pressing concerns, like funding for schools, health, public safety, etc. When competing with those needs, coming up with money to get a new park off the ground is often put on the back burner.
But Gov. McAuliffe’s biennial budget also includes a $2.43 billion bond package—with $140 million earmarked specifically for state parks. Sadly, none of that money is intended for the Middle Peninsula.
Two other parks—the 1,200-acre Biscuit Run State Park in ...
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