Marion, VA: Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center Conceptual Expansion Master Plan
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Originally opened in 1957, the HMLRC has been most notably known for its incredibly scenic property and as a rustic youth camp offered every summer. The HMLRC has operated as such primarily unchanged since its opening. The HMLRC has, however, expanded is program structure in recent years to embrace new partnerships. Some of those new partnerships are with the local probation office, Department of Social Services, Sprouting Hope Community Garden, the Boy Scouts of America, local healthy living initiatives, and private reservations/retreats. Further, special events such as family reunions remain a popular type of activity since the HMLRC has a more private setting when compared to the nearby Hungry Mother State Park. In order to accompany its growing list of diverse user groups and further sustain its economic and personnel stability, the HMLRC found value in establishing a strategic expansion master plan. This master plan provides overarching guidance and design principles for long-term programmatic and physical infrastructure enhancements where appropriate.