County rejects a perfect place for a park
By Randi S. Lemmon and Bill Tanger
The proposed 45-acre Harvey Lee Price Park that was offered to the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors is a perfectly logical place for a Prices Fork park. The property straddles Stroubles Creek and includes a scenic section of Walls Branch. A meadow runs along part of the creek. Virginia Tech’s more than 1,400-acre Fishburn Tract abuts the property on most of three sides.
The site was identified in the Prices Fork Village Plan, a component of the Montgomery County Comprehensive Plan, as a recommended community park site. It was for this reason, and to commemorate the legacy of Harvey Lee Price, the longest-serving dean of agriculture at Virginia Tech, that in 2010 his granddaughter, Anne Price Yates, offered the property to the county. Unfortunately, the offer occurred at the same meeting that supervisors were beginning to struggle with how to renovate or replace Blacksburg High School. They turned down the park offer.
Lemmon and Tanger are on the board of Friends of the Rivers of Virginia. Tanger is chairman and lives in Botetourt County. Lemmon lives in Montgomery County.