The initial planning process for Biscuit Run Park has been approved by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
On Wednesday, the board approved staff and community member groups that will help shape the future park plan, as well as $80,000 toward a consultant that will provide site analysis, design support for community engagement, master plan options, final cost estimates and a final master plan.
A project kickoff meeting will be held June 19, where community members can hear an overview of the current state of the master plan and the lease agreement with the state and can give input on access, programming, amenities, trails and other topics.
The county signed a 99-year lease with the state in January for the park, which covers about 1,200 acres. It had initially been rezoned for about 800 acres of residential development and 400 acres for a park, but after the Great Recession, the state bought the property in December 2009 and a three-phase master plan for a proposed state park was adopted by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in 2013. It’s now being planned as a county park.
Biscuit Run originally was planned to have a visitor center, amphitheater and multipurpose pavilion, campgrounds, trailheads for bicycle and hiking trails, cabins and equestrian trails.