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Details Set for New 14-Acre Park Near Falls Church

The land was sold for park use by Margaret K. White, who owned it with her husband, John.
The land was sold for park use by Margaret K. White, who owned it with her husband, John. (Fairfax County Park Authority)

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By C. Woodrow Irvin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 3, 2006

The Fairfax County Park Authority has approved the master plan for the John C. and Margaret K. White Horticultural Park. The parcel, nearly 14 acres of woodlands, azaleas, rhododendrons, walkways, a pond and a large lawn, is near Falls Church.

The land was sold to the Park Authority seven years ago for $600,000 by Margaret White on the condition that it be preserved as a park. White and her husband bought the property in 1939, built a home and raised a family there.

Homeowners from neighborhoods at both ends of the property were at odds during the planning process, which began in earnest last year as White neared her 100th birthday. The neighbors disagreed over which street should be connected to the park's entrance.

Neighbors on both sides claimed that the changes necessary to convert the property, as well as the additional traffic the park would generate, would adversely affect their neighborhoods and property values.

The plan approved by the Park Authority's board July 26 will place the main vehicle entrance at the end of Princess Anne Lane in the Knollwood subdivision.

A pedestrian entrance and access for emergency vehicles and maintenance equipment will be at the end of Goldsboro Road in the Sleepy Hollow Park neighborhood. A second pedestrian entrance will be at the north end of the property off of Kerns Road.


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