Virginia's state parks system
was launched on June 15, 1936, when the six inaugural parks opened simultaneously.
The creation of those parks was made possible through one of U.S. president Franklin
D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs, the
goal of which was to create jobs to help pull the country out of the Great Depression. The success of
those first six parks in providing citizens with recreational opportunities and
preserving Virginia's natural areas led to. . .
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