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News Release: Citizen Input Needed In Naming District Park

Date: February 10, 2003

Contact: Amy H. Arditi, Parks & Recreation Marketing and Publications Coordinator


Phone: (757) 259-3217
Fax: (757) 259-3203


Williamsburg, VA - James City County Division of Parks and Recreation is asking for citizens input in naming the District Park located at the intersection of Longhill and Centerville Roads. The deadline to submit suggestions is February 17. Names will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission on February 19 and one name will be chosen for submittal to the Board of Supervisors.


Qualifying names should provide some form of individual identity related to the geographic location of the facility; an outstanding feature of the facility; the adjoining subdivision; commonly recognized historical individuals, events, or groups; or an individual or group who contributed significantly to the acquisition or development of the individual facility.


The land District Park sits on is rich with history and has played a significant role in the shaping of our Nation. During preliminary design, notable historical features were discovered including the site of the June 26, 1781, Revolutionary War battle, Spencer's Ordinary; early records of the first Free Black Settlement in America; and the discovery of a previously unknown homestead built between 1680 - 1730. All of these historical events have been taken into consideration when planning the park. The Division is currently considering options on how to interpret these sites and their relevance during this little known era in early colonial history.


Phase I construction of District Park opened in 2002 and includes mountain bike trails, an open meadow, a one-mile entrance road, a 36-car parking lot, and landscaping. Future park plans include picnic facilities, hiking and biking trails, and other passive recreation.


James City County Division of Parks and Recreation is comprised of more than 1,500 acres and nearly 2,300 programs that provide a variety of active and passive leisure opportunities to meet citizens' needs. Our mission is to work in partnership with citizens to ensure responsive programs, facilities, and open space which promote personal growth, social development, and healthy life-styles. To learn more about James City County Parks and Recreation contact Amy H. Arditi, Marketing and Publications Coordinator at (757) 259-3217 or by E-Mail at


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