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A “children’s discovery playground” is being developed at Natural Bridge State Park.

Speaking to the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 25, park manager Jim Jones said the playground is a “certified nature classroom” with newly developed trails and access to other trails in the park. Landscape architect Arthur Bartenstein designed the playground, which is located in the southwest portion of the park, off of Golf Course Road.

Funding was provided by a $12,000 grant from Dominion Energy and a $2,000 contribution from the Freedom Food Festival in Lexington. Bartenstein donated his services.

Jones also reported that the park is applying for dark sky designation from the International Dark Sky Association. Such a designation would allow the park to be a destination for astro-tourism.


Pact Reached

A formal agreement has been reached with RDS Inc. so that the Roanoke firm can continue to receive recyclables from Rockbridge County and Lexington. Because of a downturn in the market, RDS began charging for the recyclables it accepts, as of Sept. 1.

Rates are based on an industry publication, “High Yellow Market Sheet,” which is published monthly. The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors approved the agreement and a memorandum of understanding with Lexington on Nov. 25. Recyclables from each jurisdiction are weighed separately when received at the landfill, and billed accordingly.

IT Contract


Updating and organizing Rock-bridge County’s information technology services is taking longer than anticipated. The Board of Supervisors on Nov. 25 authorized an extension of its contract with Virginia Technology Services for an additional two months, with a provision for adding a third month, if necessary.

VTS, which was hired last spring just before longtime IT director Ron Argenbright retired, is reviewing and revamping the county’s technology systems and creating a comprehensive system manual of processes. The contract is now slated to be in effect through Jan. 31 and possibly Feb. 29.

The current plan is for the county to hire a technical-level person and solicit proposals for a third-party managed service to provide backup support for the technician.

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