Recreation, Conservation, and Open Space Planning

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The County addresses recreation, conservation, and open space planning as a multi-disciplinary approach across several Departments.

The Parks and Recreation Department maintains and oversees the master planning of the County’s district park facilities. You can find copies of the Master Plans for Nike Park, Heritage Park, and Hardy Park at their Master Plans page.

IOW County Parks Map (comp plan map 8-1)

The County also operated a Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements (PACE) program to preserve working farm and forest lands. The PACE program is unfunded during the current fiscal year. If you have questions about the program they can be directed to the County’s Rural Economic Development Manager, through the Economic Development Department. You can also contact your Board of Supervisors Representative to encourage them to refund the program in upcoming fiscal years.

The Planning and Zoning Department also participates in several unique initiatives related to Recreation and Open Space, including bike and pedestrian transportation improvements and trail development projects.

Current Recreation and Open Space Initiatives

Park to Park Trail

Blackwater River Trail


For more information on these projects, please contact:

Richard Rudnicki, AICP – Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning
(757) 365-6276


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