Land Swap Could Mean New Park for Rockingam County

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- A generous donation could make a new park in Rockingham County a reality.

"A park this size in the county would be the first time," said Kathy McQuain, the Recreation Director with Rockingham County.

The park could have plenty for people to use.

"Shelters, dog parks, bike trails, nature, fitness centers," said McQuain.

Dillon Taylor is the son of Terry Taylor, the owner of the farm along Route 33.

"This is something that our family is able to give back to the county," said Taylor.

He's willing to swap his more than 70 acres in exchange for Albert Long Park which is less than seven acres of land.

For his family swapping land is all about filling a void.

"There is a need for a place where you can have multiple fields at one location, so you're not playing games really late," said Taylor.

Fewer people in Rockingham County are using Albert Long park after it was divided in two to accommodate the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

"Now it's not big enough for anything," said Patricia Bowman, who lives nearby Albert Long Park.

A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, where the proposed park will be discussed.


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