Western Park Gets a Playground

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Western Park Gets a Playground. Photo: Malcolm Andrews.

New playground equipment is going up in Old Trail on the site of the future 36-acre Western Park along Old Trail Drive. 

The playground, designed for ages 2-12 with separate play areas for each age group, is part of the county’s “Phase 1-ASAP” portion of the park’s plan, which intends to use Old Trail proffer funds to install the playground and other amenities such as signage, site furnishings, and smaller shelters. 

Old Trail spokesman Allen Billyk noted in a press release that “Additional phases of Western Park will require allocation of funds by the County and we encourage Old Trail community members to voice their support at regularly scheduled BOS meetings.” 

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Lisa Martin joined the Gazette in 2017 and writes about education and local government. She also writes in-depth pieces about division-wide education issues and broader investigative pieces on topics from recycling to development to living with wildlife. Her Coyotes in Crozet story won a 2017 Virginia Press Association “Best in Show” award for the Gazette. Martin has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, taught college for several years, and writes fiction and poetry. She co-authored a children’s trilogy about two adventuring cats, the Anton and Cecil series, which got rave reviews from the New York Times Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly and others.

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