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Letter: Plan to stymie park development is shameful

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In answer to the fears and misstatements expressed by the self-appointed spokesperson leading the fight to deprive our citizens of a new, water-access park for Mathews, I feel a little background information is required. And, since I seem to be the “lightning rod” in this controversy, I will also defend my actions.

As a 20-year recreation and parks professional, serving as chairman of both Henrico and Mathews counties, I have assisted in the procurement and development of several public parks. While serving as chairman in Mathews, I felt an obligation to look for every opportunity to provide additional park space for our citizens. I was encouraged in my efforts by the entire Mathews Parks and Recreation Committee and both of our supervisor liaisons, the late Kevin Mitchem, and later, Edwina Casey.

After more than two years of negotiations the owner of the proposed park, Conrad Hall, whose family ties to Mathews go back almost 200 years, graciousl...

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