Vir­ginia state park rec­og­nized as In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky Park, a haven for star-gaz­ers

Cape Breton Post - - HEALTH/LIFESTYLES/ADVICE -

SCOTTSBURG, Va. - A Vir­ginia park that is a stargazer's haven has been named an In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky Park. The des­ig­na­tion for Staunton River State Park in Scottsburg rec­og­nizes the park's out­door light­ing pol­icy, which is in­tended to min­i­mize so-called light pol­lu­tion. It makes the park a welcome dark place in the densely pop­u­lated East Coast. The recog­ni­tion is from the In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky Places As­so­ci­a­tion, which ad­vo­cates for the pro­tec­tion of night skies. Staunton River State Park pro­motes a star party each year. More than 140 visi­tors at­tended last year's event at the South­side park. The Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Recre­ation says Staunton River State Park is the first state park in Vir­ginia to be rec­og­nized by the as­so­ci­a­tion.

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