The Fairfax County Park Authority has allocated $4,531,765 for use in the Annandale Distict. The Authority is authorised to spend $1,996,765 on 23 development projects, and $2,535,000 for 11 land acquisition projects amounting to 153 acres of land.
Here is where the money is scheduled to be spent in the next five years.
Accontink Stream Valley - $100,000 was set aside to acquire up tp 40 acres of land in areas of new subdivision development where developers do not provide adequate parkland to protect the stream valley and its slopes. The money will be used as needed. This is one of 13 stream valleys in the county that the Fairfax County Park Authority has pledged to preserve and protect.
Backlick Community Park - $200.000 was set aside to develop this 9-acre park at 4516 Backlick Road, Annandale, and $10,000 was set aside for acquisition of new land. The park is currently raw land with an open field that is mowed for community use. It has a small tot lot area.
The Park Authority is presently negotiating with property owners to acquire a one-acre hiker/bicycle access easement from the Ravensworth Road side as well as from the Backlick Road entrance.
No master plan for use of the park had been established. Early this year, the Park Authority plans to distribute a community survey questionaire to all civic associations within a 3/4-mile radius of the park. They will ask the community associations to distribute these to familes in the area, and ask them to comment on how they want the park to be used and what facilities they would like to see there.
After the survey is completed, a preliminary master plan for use of the park will be developed and presented to the Park Authority at a regular public meeting. A public hearing on the planned use for the park will follow. The public hearing notice will be published 30 days in advance, and copies of the notice will be posted at the Park Authority office, at the nearest library and / or school. The hearing on Backlick Community Park is expected to take place this spring, and ground may be broken in early 1979, Cable said.
After the public hearing, the plan will be adjusted if necessary, and will go back to the Park Authority for final approval. Once the plan is adopted, the Authority will start the detailed design for the park.
The Park Authority's current ideas foe development include picnic and playground areas, tennis and basketball courts, and an adult area with benches and tables for chess and checkers. The facilities could also included a shuffleboard court, horseshoe pit, and other lawn games, walks, hallfields and possible parking.
Bradlick Area - $250,000 was set aside to acquire more land and $20,000 was set aside for development of up to 10 acres of land for a community park east of Backlick Road and north of Braddock Road in Annandale.
The Park Authority will begin indentifying the acquisition site in 1979. Public comment on use of the land will probably be solicited in 1980.
Cammeron Run Stream Valley - $100,000 was set aside to acquire up to 40 acres of land in ares of new subdivision development along Backlick and Indian Run where developers do not provide adequate parkland to protect the stream valley and its slopes. The land will be acquired as needed. This is one of 13 stream valleys in the County that the Fairfax County Park Authority has pledged to preserve and protect.
Country Club View Community Park - $120,000 was allocated for improvements in this 39-acre park at 10712 Zion Dr., Fairfax.
A master plan for development has already been adopted and work is scheduled to begin early this year on open play, picnic and playground areas, an adult area and a basketball court.
Eastlake Community Park - $135,000 was set aside for improvements in this 10-acre park at 5344 Gainsborough Dr., which is bounded by the communities of Kings Park West, Lake Point and Glen Cove in the Annandale/Springfield area. The Park is located near a 35-acre lake, and is part of the Pohick Watershed Program. It now has trails, a basketball court and tennis courts.
A master plan for use of the park has already been adopted, and development is scheduled to include a boat-launching and docking area, an entrance drive, a parking area, trails and landscaping. Ground is scheduled to be broken late this spring or early this summer.
Edsal Area - $700,000 was set aside to purchase up to 20 acres of land for a community park south of Braddock Road and east of Backlick Road in Annandale. $150,000 was set aside for development of the park. The Park Authority is currently in contact with owners of the property to negotiate a owners of the property to negotiate a possible purchase. Public opinions for use of the park will probably be solicited in 1981. Possible development ideas include ballfields, basketball and/or tennis courts, walks, open play, picnic and playground areas.
Fairfax hills Community Park - $25,000 was set aside for development of this 8-acre undevelopment parke at 4304 Holly Lane, Annandale. No master plan for use of the park has been drawn up, but possible development includes walkways, benches, a picnic area, and landscaping. Public opinion on use of the park will probably be solicited by the Park Authority in 1982.
Fairfax Villa Community Park - $20,000 was set aside for improvement of this 12-acre park on Belden Street, Fairfax. The park is currently in its natural state. A master plan for use of the park has been adopted, and work is scheduled to begin this summer on trails, benches and landscaping.
Fitzhugh School Site - $25,000 was set aside to develop this 11-acre surplus school site on American Drive, Annandale, Into a community park. The land is currently undeveloped. Public comments on use of the park will probably be solicited in 1982.
Flag Run Community Park - $45,000 was set aside for improvement of this 8 1/2-acre park 7620 Elgar St. in the Springfield area. The park is currently undeveloped. The public has already been surveyed on use of the park; public hearings have been held; and a master plan has been approved. It was decided to leave the park in its natural state, except for the correction of some stream bank erosion problems. The balance of the money allocated for Flag Run may be redistributed in the Annandale District.
George Mason University Area - $500,000 was set aside to purchase up to 25 acres of land for a community park east of Roberts Road and north of Braddock Road near Fairfax City. $200,000 was set aside to develop the park. The Park Authority will begin actively searching for land in 1980, and public comments on use of the park will be solicited by the Park Authority in 1981. Development ideas at this point include ballfields, basketball and/or tennis courts, shelter/restrooms, parking, open play areas, picnic areas, a playground, and trails.
Guinea/Twinbrook Area - $205,000 was allocated to purchase up to 10 acreas of land for a community park. The Park Authority plans to begin actively searching in 1982 for land in the Annandale/Springfield area near Guinea Road and Twinbrook Drive. No money was set aside for development.
Indian Springs Area - $200,000 was set aside to purchase up to 10 acreas of, land for a community park east of Clifton Street in Annandale. The Park Authority will begin actively searching for the land in 1981. No money was allocated for development of the park.