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Occoneechee splash park dedicated Saturday / May 16, 2018
Occoneechee State Park will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, to mark the opening of its newest facility, a splash park. The ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the splash park. Everyone is welcome.

Former governor Terry McAuliffe, joined by state Del. Tommy Wright and state Sen. Frank Ruff, broke ground on the $1.1 million project in April 2016. Construction was completed by general contractor R.F. Howerton.

The splash park at Occoneechee State Park is the second of its kind across the Virginia State Park system. It allows visitors to enjoy water activities without the park incurring the cost and requirements of a traditional swimming area. The splash park will enhance the family-friendly atmosphere of the park, and will allow a family of different ages and comfort levels to enjoy a water-based activity together. This addition is expected to attract both out-of-town and local visitors to the area.

Hours of operation will be Memorial Day through Labor Day 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends/holidays. A $5 parking fee is required.

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Customer Service Center at 800-933-PARK or visit

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