Charlottesville Buys Land Along Moores Creek; Trails Coming
Getting out and enjoying the warm weather is about to get a little easier in Charlottesville. The city just purchased two new parcels of land to build trails along Moores Creek. The trails will be built near the Belmont and Ridge Street neighborhoods.
The city purchased the 32 acres from several landowners who decided the land would be better used as parkland. In total, the city paid about $462,000 for the property.
Charlottesville's Park and Trails Planner Chris Gensic said since the city owns the property, now it doesn't have to worry about gaining property easements to protect it.
"It's even better if we can buy the land all around it and make sure it won't be a subdivision later." Gensic said. "It will be like this then we can invest public resources and make that trail really nice because we know its permanent now."
Gensic said in addition to new trails the city hopes to install a playground.
One piece of the property, near Quarry Park, has a row of cliffs above Moores Creek with a view to Carter and Browns Mountains. Gensic said that view will most likely attract hikers and tourists to the area. It might be one of the highest elevated pieces of parkland in the city, he said.
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