The Fairfax County Park Authority has allocated $4,851,230 of the bond money for use in the Lee District. The authority is authorized to spend $3,876,235 on 18 development projects and $975,000 on six acquisition projects amounting to 85 acres of land.
The following is the first of two reports on projects and parks in the Lee 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.
Bush Hill/Brookland Area - $150,000 was set aside to acquire 6.3 acres of land for a community park. The Park Authority expects to identify a site by the middle of this year. No funds were set aside for development.
Cameron Area - $100,000 was set aside to acquire five acres of land in the vicinity of Norton Road for a community park, and $25,000 was allocated for development.
The Park Authority plans to begin searching for the land in 1980. No master plan for development has been adopted yet. Residents' opinions will be solicited in 1982 on how they want the park to be used.
Development ideas currently include tennis courts.
Clermont School Site - $50,000 was set aside for development of this vacant school site at 4050 Franconia Rd. in the Rose Hill area. The Park Authority uses 20 acres of the 40-acre site through a cooperative-use agreement with the school system. The site now has two baseball fields, a soccer-football field and parking.
A master plan for development already has been adopted. In 1982, development is scheduled to begin on a basketball court, ballfields and tennis courts.
Dogue Creek Trails - $86,000 was set aside to build a trail route from Telegraph Road along Dogue Creek to Barnyard Run, then on to Hayfield Road. The trail will be constructed in 1979, 1980 and 1981 in keeping with the approved Countywide Trails Plan.
Franconia Community Park - $600,000 was set aside to develop this 65-acre undeveloped district park in the Monticello Woods area of Springfield. A master plan for development already has been adopted. Phased construction is scheduled to begin in late 1978 or early 1979 on athletic fields, playground, picnic and open play areas, a shelter/restroom, adult area, basketball and tennis courts, parking, trails and landscaping and an archery and winter sports area.
Groveton Heights Community Park - $50,000 was set aside to develop this five-acre community park on Clayborne Avenue in Groveton. The park already has a baseball-softball field, basketball court, picnic area, playground and trails. The Park Authority is anticipating a required donation in 1978 of nine acres of land adjacent to the park.Though a master plan for development already has been adopted for the present park, the plan will be revised because of the new land involved. Residents' opinions will be solicited in 1980 on how the park should be used. The current development plan includes ballfields, trails, landscaping and tennis courts.
Huntley Historic Site - $330,000 was set aside to purchase this 16.3-acre site which includes a federal-period house, and some ancillary buildings, and $100,000 was set aside for development in 1981. The land is at 6918 Harrison La. in Fairfax County. The Park Authority is currently negotiating the purchase. Development plans include restoring the house and land for community use.
Huntley Meadows Park - $436,000 was set aside to develop this 1,260-acre undeveloped county park on Telegraph Road and South Kings Highway in the Rose Hill area of Fairfax County. No master plan for development has been adopted yet. Residents' opinions on how the park should be used already have been solicited, and a public hearing should be held before this summer. Development ideas include an interpretive facility, managed conservation areas, parking, trails and wayside exhibits, observation platforms and maintenance support facilities.
Hybla Valley Area - $100,000 was set aside to develop 2 1/2 acres of land for a community park adjacent to the Hybla Valley Elementary School. The land is part of a road right-of-way that the Park Authority has acquired from the county for park purposes.
The Park Authority will solicit area residents' opinions this summer on how the park should be used. Development ideas currently include ballfields, basketball and tennis courts, open play, picnic and playground areas, parking trails and landscaping.