Wise County, VA: Nature & Fitness Trail Conceptual Design

Approximately 40 acres of land and a house located in the Town of Wise were bequeathed to the Wise County Industrial Development Authority by Carol Buchanan, with the understanding and intent that it be used as a sanctuary park for animals and birds and would be open to the public to enjoy nature along the paths and trails.  The current vision for the site is to develop a series of nature trails on the property that are of varying degrees of difficulty. Additionally, in order to provide opportunities to combat the problem of obesity in the area, exercise stations along the pathways are desired. A series of outdoor classroom stations along the trails are also desired as a place to be used for educational sessions and presentations.  Parking and a picnic area are desired as well.

CDAC worked with a team of stakeholders including the Wise County Health Department, Wise County Litter Control Department, Keep Wise Beautiful, Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful, and the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable to develop a conceptual master plan for the site.  The CDAC team prepared focus area designs for the park entrance, nature play area, outdoor classroom, and fitness trails. Supporting sketches, project examples, and planting plans were also developed as needed, to convey conceptual ideas for various areas within the park (ie outdoor classrooms, exercise stations, etc).

Project team: Kyle Cooper and Nick Proctor

Sponsor: Virginia Department of Forestry

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