Virginia National Guard, Danville discussing city's future use of Guard's armory

Guard looking to upgrade security at facility, possibly restrict public access


DANVILLE, Va. – The future is uncertain for one of the Danville Parks and Recreation Department's biggest facilities.

The Virginia National Guard is trying to renegotiate the terms of the department's use of the Guard's armory in the city.

According to Virginia National Guard Spokesman Cotton Puryear, this is part of an ongoing effort to increase security at facilities across the state.

The armory's gym is the parks and recreation department's biggest and the department also has two offices in the armory.

Danville city council members will discuss the Guard's request at their July 6 work session.

"While one possible outcome of the plan would be to restrict public access to the facility, the Guard has no immediate plan to close the facility to members of the public," said Puryear.

The parks and recreation department declined to comment on what impact this could have.

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