Warren County Rededicates Simpson's Landing

Warren County held the official ribbon cutting for the revamped Simpson’s Boat Landing on Tuesday, October 21st.  Simpson’s Landing was named for James W. Simpson by the Board of Supervisors in 1979 for his 36 years of dedicated service as Game Warden for Warren County.  The Landing, located on the South Fork of the Shenandoah, is accessed off Downing Farm Road in the Thunderbird Farms area of Warren County.

In opening the ceremony, County Administrator Doug Stanley stated, “If you had ever had the opportunity to use this facility in the past you will know what a misnomer it was to say Simpson’s Landing.  It would have more aptly been described as a goat path down a steep precarious bank to the river below.  This project greatly enhances the ability of the public to access the river.”  Stanley welcomed several special guests including Sue Murray, daughter of Mr. Simpson and members of her family and Skip Sims, owner of the site the landing sits on.
Supervisor Archie Fox, Supervisor for the Fork District where the landing is lcoated, noted that he had received a call from a citizen about the bad condition and inaccessibility of the site.  He stated that he talked with the County Administrator and asked if anything could be done to improve conditions and, that through the efforts of staff, the community has a much better facility to access the South Fork. 
Board of Superviors Chairman Dan Murray thanked the Parks and Recreation staff, in particular Project Manager Alan Munson and Equipment Operator Lee Cockrell, for their talent in constructing the facility and Grants and Special Projects Coordinator Brandy Rosser for her efforts in securing $10,000 in grant funds for the project.
According to Ron Hughes, Lands & Facilities Manager, Region 4, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), “VDGIF is very excited about the improvements to Simpson's Landing that were made by Warren County. The County's dedication to its natural resources and interest  to partner with VDGIF through the Grants to Localities Program to improve Shenandoah River access is far reaching.  This partnership stands not only as a testament of the County's commitment to the citizens of the County, but also to the citizens of the Commonwealth.  Job well done!"  Stanley added that the County is looking to construct a third County site next spring in the Shenandoah Farms area of the mainstem of the Shenandoah for further improve access.
For more information on the project or river access points in Warren County, please contact Grants and Special Projectrs Coordinator Brandy Rosser at (540) 636-4600.  
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