The Fairfax County Park Authority has allocated $4,853,270 of the bond money for use in the Dranesville District. They are authorized to spend $3,204,000 on 29 development projects and $1,649,270 on 14 acquisition projects amounting to 150 acres of land.

The following is the first of three reports on projects and parks in the Dranesville District where the money is scheduled to be spent in the next five years. Subsequent reports will describe where the money will be spent in the county's other magisterial districts.

Bryn Mawr Community Parkat Tennyson Drive in McLean. No master plan for development has been adopted yet. In 1980, the Park Authority will begin soliciting residents' opinions on how they want the park to be used.

Development ideas currently include trails, open play, picnic and playground areas and a basketball court.

Chandon Community Park - $50,000 was set aside to develop this eight-acre park at Palmer Drive in Herndon. Construction is underway on an access drive, parking, tennis courts and a playground area, built with community block grant funds. A master plan for development has been adopted. Work is scheduled to begin in 1979 on a ballfield, basketball court, playground, parking and landscaping, with assistance to be provided by the Town of Herndon.

Chesterbrook Woods School Site - $50,000 was set aside for future development of a community park on this 11-acre surplus school site on Linway Terrace in McLean. No master plan for development has been adopted yet. The Park Authority plans to solicit residents' opinions in 1980 on how they want the park to be used. Development ideas currently include a ballfield, tennis and/or basketball courts, parking and play areas.

Colvin Run Mill Historic Park - $100,000 was set aside for development in this 34-acre park at 10015 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. The park has a visitors' center, historic mill, Miller's House, Country Store, a blacksmith's shop, parking and walkways. A master plan for development has been adopted. Development is scheduled to begin this year on water system improvements, continued landscaping, improvements to the mill and Miller's House and barn as a visitor/craft center.

Dead Run School Site - $50,000 was set aside for future development of a community park on this 10-acre vacant school site on Pinehill Road in McLean. In the future the school board will allow the Park Authority to use the site for interim recreational facilities. There is no master plan fo development yet. The Park Authority plans to solicit residents' opinions in 1982 on how the park should be used. Development ideas currently include a ballfield, tennis and/or basketball courts, parking and play areas.

Dranesville Area - $100,000 was set aside to acquire up to 10 acres of land north of Rte. 7 in the Springvale area of Great Falls, and $50,000 was set aside for future development of a community park. The Park Authority will begin searching for land in 1980. No master plan for development has been adopted yet. IN 1981, the Park Authority plans to solicit residents' opinions on how the park should be used. Development ideas currently include a ballfield, tennis and/or basketball courts, parking and play areas.

Dranesville District Park - $216,000 was set aside to develop this 336-acre park on the Potamac River at 7400 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The park is largely in its natural state, except for a trail network, which runs throughout the park, and two parking lots. No master plan for development has been adopted yet. The Park Authority plans to solicit residents' opinions late this year on how they want the park to be used. Development ideas currently include a managed conservation area with a visitors' center containing rest-rooms, parking, interpretive exhibits and trails.

Dranesville Tavern Historic Site - $50,000 was set aside to purchase 51/2 additional acres for this historic site at 61611 Leesburg Pike, and $368,000 was set aside for development. The Park Authority recently completed restoring the tavern, a wayside resting spot that dates back to the late 1700s. The authority hopes to make it an operating tavern in the future, but this spring and summer it will be open only for interpretive tours on a reservation basis.

The Park Authority is in the process of identifying a site to buy. A master plan for development has been approved. Construction is underway on the first phase of development, which includes an entrance, parking, landscaping and walkways. Other scheduled developments include trails, reconstruction of buildings on the site and food service at the tavern on a phased schedule.

Folly Lick Branch Trails - $40,000 was set aside to build a multi-purpose trail route along the Folly Lick Branch from the WO&D Railroad in Herndon to the town line, then on the connect with the Sugarland Run. The trail development is in keeping with a county-wide trail plan.

Franklin Park Area - $100,000 was set aside to acquire up to five acres of land for a community park in the Kirby Road-Franklin Park community of McLean. No development funds were allocated. The site search will begin in 1979.

Franklin Sherman ELementary School - $100,000 was set aside to construct a tot lot and landscape the scool grounds at 6633 Brawner St., McLean. Work is scheduled to begin in 1979.

Great Falls Nike Park - $100,000 was allocated to acquire up to an additional 15 acres of land for this 15-acre park off Utterback Store Road in Great Falls, and $280,000 was set aside to develop the park, which is a former military installation. A master plan fro development has been adopted. The Park Authority estimates that it will award a construction contract by this spring. Scheduled development includes parking, landscaping, playground, picnic and open play areas, two ballfields, one soccer-foot-ball field, trails, tennis courts and a basketball court.