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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Monday, July 18, 2005

Alternatives Considered for Development of Lake James State Park

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation and its planning contractor LandDesign are seeking public comment on three alternative development concepts for Lake James State Park. The concepts are being made available through maps and text on the division's web site, .

The park's long-range master plan is being rewritten to encompass 2,915 acres recently acquired from Crescent Resources Inc. The master plan will guide facilities development at the park over the coming decades. The plan is to be formally presented to the division in the spring of 2006 by LandDesign, a Charlotte planning and landscape architecture firm.

The land acquisition expanded the state park in Burke and McDowell counties to six times its former size and allows the conservation of more than 30 miles of shoreline on the 6,500-acre lake.

"The state parks system wants to consider carefully the type and the extent of development at Lake James State Park because park development will affect the community as well as conservation and economic development efforts in that region," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. "An important part of that process is to solicit and consider public comment."

LandDesign developed three alternative concepts following public meetings held in Burke and McDowell counties in April. Among other things, the concepts address proposed locations for the park's main entrance and visitor center, the types of campgrounds and recreation facilities that are to be developed and a proposal for some acreage to be reserved for foot traffic and non-motorized boating.

The division's web site includes instructions on how to submit written comments. From the web site, , click "Visit a Park" and navigate to the Lake James State Park main page.