Virginia's Lake Anna State Park is part of a great park system. Year after year the Commonwealth of Virginia has proudly grown and increased its services to the public. Virginia opened six parks simultaneously in 1936 and has increased that number through the years. Even with low budgets, the park staffs have continued to provide exemplary care of the thousand of acres under their stewardship.
Virginia’s state park system in 2001 became only the third recipient of the biennially presented National Gold Medal Award for excellence in parks and recreation management. The National Gold Medal Award recognizes the state park system considered most outstanding in the field of recreation management and which best provides park, recreation and leisure services to its citizens. DCR’s parks division used its gold medal status in marketing efforts, which significantly raised the profile of state parks in the eyes of local, state and out-of-state park visitors.*
Lake Anna State Park, like many of the others in the system, benefited from the increased interest by the public and was able to not only maintain services but increase them by obtaining sufficient funding to build cabins and increase camping sites. The Friends of Lake Anna State Park was organized to provide volunteers as well as to raise funds for projects that could not be financed with limited budget constraints
Those that belong to the Friends and visitors to the park continue to value this wonderful resource that provides a natural environment for so many to enjoy. If you have not visited Lake Anna State Park as yet please put it on your list of things to do. If you have, perhaps it is time for a return visit.
One more thing you can do is read the letter below to learn about Coca Cola's "America's Favorite Park" Campaign and consider what a vote for Lake Anna State Park would mean.
Your support is needed. Virginia's Lake Anna State Park is part of a great park system.