The Fairfax County Park Authority has allocated $4,531,765 for use in the Annandale District over a five-year period. The Authority is authorized 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 the second part of a report of where the money is scheduled to be spent in the Annandale District:
Kings Park Community Park - $50,000 was allocated for improvement of this 8-acre park at 8710 Parliament Dr. in Springfield. The park currently has a ballfield, basketball court, two tennis courts, a natural area and trails, parking, picnic area and playground. A master plan has been adopted for use of the park. In 1982, work is scheduled to begin on upgrading the parking area, landscaping, trails and upgrading other facilities.
Lake Accotink Park - $475,000 was allocated for improvement of this $480-acre park at 4651 Heming Ave., which borders on the Annandale-Springfield area. A master plan for use of the park already has been adopted.
Development at the park is scheduled to include two tennis courts, some picnic areas, an additional playground, open play areas and a group camping facility. A managed conservation area will also be established, and additional trails and parking facilities are to be built. Selected lake dredging also is planned. Ground is expected to be broken late this summer, and the facilities will be built over a period of years.
Lakeside-Eastlake Community Parks - $5,000 was allocated for development. A master plan has been approved, and development is scheduled to begin this summer on wayside exhibits and a self-interpretive trail linking the two parks. Lakeside Park is located at 5216 Pomeroy Dr., and Eastlake Park is located at 5344 Gainsborough Dr., in the ANnandale-Springfield area.
Leewood Community Park - $40,000 was allocated for improvement of this seven-acre park on Woodland Drive in Annandale. The park currently has some trails and benches. A master plan for use of the park already has been approved. The plan includes upgrading the trails and benches. Future consideration could be given to possible picnic and playground areas. Funds are to be available in 1982.
Long Bench Trails - $51,765 was set aside to build a trail route along the Long Branch Stream Valley from the vicinity of Guinea Road downstream to Braddock Road and Wakefield Park. The project is in keeping with the adopted countywide trails plan. Construction is scheduled to begin in 1979.
Oakhill School Site - $100,000 was set aside to develop a community park on this 10-acre surplus school site on Tar Heel Way in Annandale, to the west of Wakefield Park. No master plan for use of the park has been established yet, and a public opinion survey probably will be circulated in the community in 1982. Some Park Authority ideas for development at Oakhill include ballfields, basketball and tennis courts, a shelter, parking and trails.
Olde Forge Community Park - $35,000 was allocated for development of this part, which is made up of 6 1/2 acres of undeveloped land at 4719 Pickett Rd., Annandale. A public hearing on use of the park was held in mid-October, and a master plan for development already has been adopted. Early this year, the Park Authority plans to put in nature trails, benches and will work on stream bank stabilization.
Ossian Hall Community Park - $25,000 was set aside for improvement of this 23-acre park at 7830 Heritage Dr., Annandale. The park currently has two ballfields, a soccer-football field, open play area, outdoor classroom, parking, picnic and playground areas, two tennis courts, a basketball court, trails and benches.
A master plan for development already has been adopted, and work is scheduled to begin in 1980 on lighting for the tennis and basketball courts.
Poe Terrace Area - $240,000 was allocated to buy up to 5 acres of lands, and $25,000 was set aside for development of a community park in the vicinity of the George Mason Library, east of Annandale.
The Park Authority is actively looking at a site now. No master plan for use of the park has been established, and public opinion on use of the park probably will be solicited in 1981. At this point, the Park Authority's ideas for development of the park include a ballfield, open play area, picnic area, playground and trails.
Rutherford Community Park - $75,000 was set aside for improvement of this 24-acre park at 4710 Guinea Rd. in Annandale. The park currently has three tennis courts, two ballfields, a basketball court, a soccer-football field, parking, picnic and playground area and trails. A master plan for development of the park has been approved, and work is scheduled to begin in 1982 on a picnic area, shelter-restroom building, walks and landscaping.
University Square Area - $50,000 was allocated to develop a community park east of Fairfax Villa Elementary School near Fairfax City. The Park Authority does not yet own the land, but is anticipating a required donation of the property by a developer for parkland purposes.
No master plan for use of the park has been developed, but the Park Authority's ideas currently include open play areas, a playground and picnic area, ballfield, tennis courts and walkways. In 1980, public opinion surveys on use of the park will be circulated in the community if the land is obtained.
The Wakefield Chapel Park - $100,000 was allocated for improvements to the park at 8420 Tollhouse Rd., Annandale. A master plan for use of the park already has been approved, and development is going on now at the 1 1/2-acre community park. Development includes restoration of the historic Wakefield Chapel building, which was built about 1900. When restoration is complete, the building will be opened for religious activities as well as community meetings. The park also will be landscaped. The work is expected to be completed late this year.
Wakefield Forest Area - $100,000 was set aside to acquire up to 10 acres of land for a community park in the vicinity of Wakefield Forest Elementary School. The Park Authority plans to begin looking for a site in 1980. No money was allocated for development of the park.
Wakefield-Lee Forest and Olley Lane Areas - $130,000 was allocated to purchase up to 5 acres of land for a community park in this area of Annandale. The Park Authority plans to begin looking for land early this year. No money was set aside for development.
Willow Woods Park - $25,000 was allocated for improvements in this 12-acre community park at 8721 Braeburn Dr. in Annandale. The park currently has nature trails. A master plan for development already has been adopted. Work is scheduled to begin in 1982 on picnic and playground areas and walkways.