PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – Pittsylvania County leaders celebrated a major milestone Tuesday: the completion of the county's first public parks.
On Tuesday morning, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Wildcat Park at Dan River Middle School.
The three other parks are located at the county's other three middle schools.
Each park includes a paved walking trail, green space, picnic area and playground equipment.
The parks cost $650,000 and took nearly a year and a half to complete, but Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation Director Mark Moore said he had actually been working on this project for six years.
"We should all be proud. As a region, we rallied around a vision and made great things happen," Moore said. "We made them happen not out of chance, but out of concentrated effort."
Because the parks are on school property, they'll only be open when students are not in school.