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Orange County Supervisors to Vote on Special-Use Permit for Park Expansion

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Albemarle County wants to extend the park into western Orange Albemarle County wants to extend the park into western Orange
ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Nature lovers could soon see some new trails put down at Preddy Creek in Albemarle County.

On Tuesday, September 11, the Orange County Board of Supervisors will consider a special-use permit submitted by Albemarle County to expand the park into western Orange.

The park is so popular that adding more trails for hiking and biking came highly requested.

"A couple years ago we had applied for a grant to build a bridge across Preddy Creek, and so this allowed us to access another roughly 200 acres on the other side of Preddy Creek,” Tucker Rollins, the trails crew supervisor, said. “And it's been such a popular park that we've been developing the other side of the creek, so over the next couple years we're going to build, I'd say, six to eight more miles of trail on the backside of the property."

Part of the park in Orange is zoned for agriculture, and any public use requested on agricultural property requires a public hearing.