Fairfax news in brief

April 24, 2013
Authority to hear public input Tuesday on Westgrove Park Plan

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to gather public input on a plan for Westgrove Park. The meeting will be in the cafeteria of the Belle View Elementary School, 6701 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria.

Staff members will provide information about the park, current site conditions and the draft master plan. A moderated public comment session will follow presentations.

Last year, the Park Authority Board approved an interim dog park at Westgrove Park. The draft master plan includes a permanent dog park and recommends other facilities for the park, including an outdoor classroom affiliated with Belle View Elementary, a trail network and open lawn areas for community use.

Comments on the plan will be accepted through May 31. For information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/westgrove.htm or call 703-324-8662.

Fairfax, Arlington streetcar project fails to get U.S. funding

Fairfax and Arlington counties announced last week that a joint streetcar project did not receive federal funding. The counties had submitted the project for the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts program for fiscal 2014.

The County Board first endorsed a plan for a streetcar line on Columbia Pike in 2006. The proposed line would travel nearly five miles from Pentagon City in Arlington to the Skyline Mall area of Fairfax.

Both counties said they remain committed to the project and will continue to explore other funding options. The streetcar line would cost an estimated $249 million, a little less than the maximum project cost for the Small Starts program.

Tysons Partnership relaunches Web site on urban center

The Tysons Partnership, a business and civic group helping to implement Fairfax County’s vision for Tysons Corner as a new urban center, has relaunched its Web site.

The updated site, www.tysonspartnership.org, offers a guide to Tysons redevelopment, including depictions of the high-rises and wide boulevards that are expected to define the area’s future. It also includes information on transit in Tysons.

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