As a resident of Old Trail, I am writing to encourage everyone in western Albemarle to support development of the Western Park. In 2009, 36 acres in Old Trail were donated to the county for a future Western Park to serve all the residents in western Albemarle. Thirty-three acres of that land would be preserved as natural habitat for wildlife, crossed only by walking trails. The remaining land would be used for more active recreation, including a playground, picnic area, and playing fields. The county developed a park master plan in 2009 and updated it in 2018. County staff are now scoping out the first part of the park, which will be built in phases. If you wish to support the park, please visit and sign the petition generated by the Old Trail HOA. You can find it at: www.thepetitionsite.com.