The Park Authority has allocated $4,540,175 of the bond money for use in the Mason District. The authority is authorized to spend $2,232,000 on 21 development projects and $2,308,175 on 13 acquisition projects amounting to more than 77 acres of land.
The following is the third and final report on projects and parks in the Mason 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.
Parklawn Community Park - $250,000 was set aside to purchase an additional 6.5 acres of land and the historic Clark House in 1981-1982 to expand the 3.8-acre Parklawn Community Park at 6454 Lincolnia Rd., Lincolnia. The authority also was allocated $80,000 for development in 1982. Parklawn currently has a baseball-softball field, trail and a playground area.
There is a master plan for development of the existing 3.8-acre park, but the plan will be revised after the new land is purchased. The Park Authority would solicit residents' opinions in 1982 on what developments they would like to see in the park. Development ideas currently include walks, playground and picnic area, basketball and/or tennis courts, landscaping and minimal improvements to the house so it could be used for community purposes.
Pinecrest Community Center - $150,000 was set aside to acquire up to five acres of land along the Turkey-cock Stream Valley in Annandale for stream valley protection. The Park Authority will begin negotiating for the site in 1981. This is one of 13 stream valleys in the county that the Park Authority has pledged to preserve and protect.
Pinecrest Golf Course - $633,175 was set aside to acquire up to 15 acres of land on the Turkeycock Stream Valley in 1981 for protection of the stream valley. The land is currently a privately-owned public golf course. An additional 30 acres of land adjacent to the golf course is already owned by the Park Authority. The land could be used for winter sports and golf, but no development funds have been set aside yet.
South East Area Bailey's Crossroads - $100,000 was set aside to purchase up to five acres of land in 1979 for a community park in the Culmore area of Bailey's Crossroads and $50,000 was allocated for development. No master plan on 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 walks, playground and picnic area, basketball and/or tennis courts and landscaping.
Sleepy Hollow Community Park - $15,000 was set aside to develop this 12.8-acre community park at 3224 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church. The park currently has trails and benches. A master plan for development already has been approved. In 1981, the work is scheduled to begin on upgrading trails, benches and landscaping, plus some stream bank improvements where needed.
Turkeycock and Holmes Run Stream Valley - $100,000 was allocated to buy up to 11 acres of land in areas of new development in the Annandale, Pinecrest, Lincolnia and Parklawn areas, where required donations of parkland have not been made by developers to protect stream valleys and their slopes. This is one of 13 stream valleys in the county that the Park Authority has pledged to preserve and protect.
Turkeycock Run and Holmes Run Trails - $43,000 was set aside to assist in development of a trail route south in Green Spring Farm Park and south to I-95 along Turkeycock Run, and a trail route on the Holmes Run from Annandale Road to Sleepy Hollow Road. Trail construction is scheduled to begin this summer, in keeping with the adopted Countywide Trail Plan.