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Woodville Park

It has been 12 years since Gloucester businesswoman Arline Lanciano and her family donated 100 acres of mid-county land for a community park. That generous donation was followed by a gift of $85,000 from the family toward park planning and development. On Saturday, the community will see the fruition of those gifts, when Woodville Park officially opens to the public.

Lanciano worked with county parks and recreation director Carol Steele in making the gifts and planning their use. The donor died in 2009 and Steele has continued to spearhead the drive to get the park open. "I just wish she could be there, but I know she’ll be there in spirit," Steele said of the opening. "I know she would be pleased. Oh, so pleased."

Steele estimates over $2 million worth of planning and development has gone into the park so far, based on development costs for similar projects. Of that amount, less than $20,000 has come from county coffers. There have been in-kind contribu...

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