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Accomack County’s Sawmill Park Awarded VACo Achievement Award

The VACo Achievement Awards is a competitive program open to local government members of the association. On July 30, 2019, VACo announced the 26 recipients of the 2019 Achievement Awards, which recognize excellence in local government programs. VACo received 96 submissions.
 
Accomack was one of the 26 receipients. To view Accomack’s submission, click here . VACo will present the award at the Board of Supervisors October 16th meeting and also recognize award-winning counties at the 2019 Annual Conference in November.

The judges were Tedd Povar, retired Associate Director of the Virginia Institute of Government; Dr. Sheryl Bailey, Visiting Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech and former Chesterfield County Deputy County Administrator; and Larry Land, retired VACo Director of Policy Development. The judges were very impressed by the quality of every program submitted. The competition was extremely fierce as only 27 percent of entries received an award.

“Sawmill Park is Accomack County’s first “true” recreational park. It is the first public park in the County located off public school property and the first to contain multiple recreational opportunities. It was completed in 2018 and has been open to the public since its unveiling on June 30, 2018. The park was constructed on a parcel of land that previously served as an industrial-sized sawmill for over 70 years but ceased operation in 2007. By the time that the County purchased the property, the site had become overgrown and had fallen into a state of disrepair. Transforming a derelict industrial site into a recreation park was no easy task and proved to be very ambitious. The pre-developed site contained many safety hazards that required mitigation. Industrial-sized machinery had to be broken down and removed, concrete slabs had to be pulverized, abandoned structures had to be demolished and dozens of enormous piles of waste by-products left by a sawmill in operation for seven decades had to be properly disposed of. Preparing the property for use by the general public proved to be very taxing from the sheer labor required to the financial demands of rehabilitating a 35-acre site.”

To view all 2019 entries, click here 
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