Doors open on region’s newest parks

Published 10:08 am Tuesday, November 7, 2023

For the past two years, Cumberland County has worked on plans, designs and construction for three new parks in the County. On Monday, Oct. 30, the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors cut the ribbon on two of these new parks. 

These two parks are Hamilton Park, located at 43 Samuels Drive in Cartersville and Randolph Park 2632 Cumberland Road in Cumberland. Residents can come to these parks to enjoy the new playgrounds, picnic shelters and walking trails. Both parks are co-located within existing Cumberland County facilities. That means the locations will be safely screened with landscaping courtesy of a Virginia Department of Forestry grant.

“The Board of Supervisors are committed to maintaining and increasing quality of life opportunities for our residents,” said Brian Stanley, chairman of the Cumberland Board of Supervisors. “This is evident in our efforts to fund education, public safety and for developing the County’s Park system. We are thankful for our corporate partners who assist financially in bringing these needed amenities to our residents.”

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The funding for these three parks came from a $250,000 corporate donation from Green Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility, with additional expenses of approximately $250,000 minimized through grants, donations, in-house design and construction completed by Cumberland County staff. This means that the estimated $500,000 investment in the park projects came at no capital cost to the taxpayer.  

One more left 

Now, this isn’t all of the park projects. The remaining park to open is Luther P. Jackson Park at 187 Anderson Highway in Cumberland. The park is expected to open once the much-needed parking lot paving project is completed, county officials say. The ribbon cutting for this park is expected to take place later this month. 

These parks also came after the County was recognized by the Virginia Association of Counties for an Outstanding Achievement Award for its efforts in Parks and Recreation Master Planning.