As the update of the Comprehensive Plan works its way through the layers of government, one section residents can get excited about is expanding recreation opportunities.
The plan specifically mentions Sandy Point State Forest and Zoar State Forest as opportunities for increased access moving forward.
Sandy Point has three miles of trails and access to tidal and non-tidal wetlands, streams, and the Mattaponi River. Zoar consists of 378 acres and offers hiking and biking trails and picnic facilities as well as public access to the Mattaponi River for fishing and boating.
The Comp Plan suggests “The Virginia Department of Forestry should expand recreational opportunities and road improvements for year-round access to boating and water-related activities” at Sandy Point.
Furthermore, at Zoar, the Plan suggests “The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDF) should continue development of a demonstration model farm, improve hunting and fishing opportunities, and expand conservation and passive recreational activities.”
County Staff has already held one virtual meeting with VDF representatives and another meeting is planned soon to tour the facilities.
Other suggestions outlined in the Plan include:
- Designate portions of the Mattaponi and Pamunkey as State Scenic Rivers, including the sections of the Mattaponi River from Route 628 to Monday Bridge and from Aylett to West Point, and the segments of the Pamunkey River from the King William-Caroline County line to Route 614 and from Pampatike Landing to the York River.
- There are several areas along the Pamunkey and the Mattaponi Rivers that could be developed for enhanced access. These supplemental existing river access points are strategically located throughout the County. They offer increased opportunities for access to the rivers for residents and for visitors.
- Expansion of the King William Recreation Park to add additional facilities and improve park amenities.
- Increase programming at the King William Community Center located off Route 360.
- Assist with the marketing of Queenfield Golf Course and seek outside tournaments if they meet the schedule of the owner.
County Staff will also be seeking private investment when new residential proposals are made to fill voids in facilities such as indoor sports training facilities for all sports, mini-golf, driving range, and batting cages.
Heavy compliments to the Hill Group who has developed the plan so far, and the efforts of the Planning Commission, Economic Development Authority, and the Board of Supervisors.
A public meeting to review the Comp Plan is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in the Board Room. If you have suggestions or comments for the new Comp Plan, please attend the meeting or notify County Administration at email@example.com.
Historical Society Turns Focus on 320th Anniversary of King William County
The King William Historical Society and the good folks who operate the Museum located at the Old Courthouse held a “soft opening” on March 6. Visitors had a chance to view the exhibits and tour the rooms that are a constant reminder of County activities in the yesteryear.
There is also a continued “archaeological dig” going on adjacent to the Old Courthouse facility. New and interesting items are being discovered all the time.
Focus is turning toward the celebration of the 320th anniversary of the founding of King William. Founder’s Day is April 11 and activities so far will include a celebration for County employees on the Old Courthouse Lawn and also displays and information for citizens when they visit the current Administration Building.
COVID-19 slowed the Museum Staff in reaching out to the public the last couple years, but everyone is hopeful things can return to normal, which includes an outreach to public schools in King William and West Point for students to better understand the history in both places.
The Historical Society is always looking for new members. Visit kingwilliamhistory.org – King William County Historical Society for more information.
Fundraising for Championship Rings for KWHS Football Team Reaches Goal
A Community effort was capped off March 5 to raise funds to purchase rings for the King William High School Football players, coaches, and support staff for winning the Class 2 championship late last year.
The generosity of the community will allow these young men and women to own a piece of history and reflect in years to come the significance of the championship.
Congratulations to all involved in helping to memorialize this accomplishment for our student athletes.