In April the Times Virginian reported a "purchase sale agreement between the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Norfolk Southern was signed...for a mile of property that would connect the High Bridge Trail to the Pamplin town limits."
Today, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation announced the closing of the deal, via press release. The press release states, in part:
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation purchased 30 acres in Pamplin, Virginia from Norfolk Southern to be added to High Bridge Trail State Park. The acquisition, 15 years in the making, will connect the trail to its planned western terminus near the Pamplin train depot.
“Ultimately, that’s what parks are for: connecting people,” DCR Director Clyde Cristman said. “We’re grateful to Norfolk Southern for their contributions and belief in our mission to preserve both natural and historic resources like High Bridge Trail and we’re proud to present them to the public as the wonderful recreational opportunities that they are.”
“This acquisition is a momentous step toward fulfilling the park’s master plan and continuing to bring economic development to Central Virginia in the original spirit of the rail line established over 150 years ago,” Virginia State Parks Director Melissa Baker said.
Find out more in the upcoming issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Pick up a copy or subscribe at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to view the full article in the e-edition version.