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Park proposal to be discussed Tuesday

The Friends of Mathews Heritage Park will present a proposal on suggested development of the park property at Tuesday’s meeting of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the historic courthouse.

The property, which is located on Billups Creek and managed by the Middle Peninsula Public Access Authority, was donated to the county for the purpose of providing residents with a waterfront facility that could be used to demonstrate the county’s boat-building heritage and provide opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, sailing and other activities.

However, the plan to establish a park at the site has proved to be controversial since the site was donated by Conrad Hall of Norfolk in 2010, with neighbors objecting to having a public park in their midst.

There will also be a public hearing during Tuesday’s meeting on a request by the Mathews Lions Charity Foundation to exempt from taxes property on Route ...

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