Supervisors Pledge Funding for Biscuit Run Park Redevelopment, Seek State Funding
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - After years of being undeveloped, Biscuit Run Park in Albemarle County could soon be getting the changes it was promised thanks to pledged funding from county officials.
The county’s Board of Supervisors has committed $4 million from its 2020 fiscal year budget to begin the development of the park. The board is also asking the state for $5 million from its 2021 budget and another $10 million total in 2022 and 2023
The park was originally set to receive $5 million from the state in mitigation funds acquired through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Deal, but that money is now tied up in courts. With the funding they seek, supervisors would begin working on Phase One of the plan, but the landscape of the park presents some challenges.
“In Phase One, we would like to be able to have some trails opened up and some sites cleared,” said supervisor Rick Randolph. “This is a park that has been substantially grown-over and has not been maintained.”
The county is currently soliciting proposals from design firms, which will determine the ultimate design and timeline for the full park to be opened. Officials say the process could take up to a year.
“That encompasses a lot of detail, coordination with various state agencies, surveying, soil analysis…then the actual nuts and bolts of doing a design,” said supervisor Bob Crickenberger.
According to Crickenberger, other phases include additional parking, athletic fields, additional trails, and some additional play areas. The existing trail for the park is only for authorized use, but the county knows some members of the community are already using it.
“Unofficially, it is open now,” Randolph said. “There are runners and cyclists and walkers using it, but it’s not really publicly available, especially from the standpoint of parking.”
Since the park is for authorized use only right now, supervisors are looking to install an ambassador program to monitor the park before development begins.
Albemarle supervisors hope to have development of Phase One of the park underway by 2021.