Rockingham County is set to soon welcome an addition to its park system. Albert Long Park, which will be located at the intersection of Spotswood Trail (Rt. 33 East) and Cross Keys Rd., will offer a host of features for the enjoyment of all in a rapidly developing area of the county.
Situated on the southern end of the Massanutten Ridge, the 65-acre site was chosen to act as a green buffer zone between the developing Spotswood Trail corridor and the nearby farming community of Keezletown. The park will be zoned A2 (Agricultural) and its use limited to recreation.
But limited is hardly the word to use! Plans for this multi-use park include options for athletes, families, the casual park-goer, and more. At the park’s center will be included an amphitheater with a covered stage and seating planned for three to four thousand, the perfect venue for small local and regional theatre and music performances.
Other amenities include four baseball fields, sized for adult and little league, as well as four multi-purpose athletic fields, ideal for recreational soccer, or perhaps an impromptu game of ultimate frisbee. Runners and walkers can utilized the paths that will snake through the park, and supplement their workouts with the exercise equipment that will be located nearby.
For families there will be open play areas and playgrounds, shade trees to spread picnic blankets under, and for those scorching summer days a splash pad to cool off in. Small pavilions will dot the landscape and provide an escape from the sun, or provide shelter should a sudden shower blow in.
If the weather is inclement, then the park’s included Recreation Center will still be available to recreation seekers. The approximately 50,000 square foot facility will include four basketball courts, an elevated running track, a dance and fitness room, a multipurpose room, kitchenette, kid’s zone, locker rooms, etc. A little something for everyone.
Let’s hope this forward-thinking plan becomes a model for all future county parks. We can’t wait to visit!