The Park Authority has allocated $4,493,505 of the bond money for use in the Mount Vernon District. It is authorized to spend $2,494,505 on 13 development projects and $1,999,000 on nine acquisition projects amounting to at least 120 acres of land.

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

Beacon Hill Area - $350,000 was originally set aside to acquire up to five acres of land for a community park on Beacon Hill Road in Fairfax County, and $75,000 was allocated for development. Since voters approved the bond referendum, five acres of land have been purchased for $135,000 and an additional $35,000 was allocated for development. The remaining $105,000 originally allocated for this park has been reallocated for other projects in the Mount Vernon District.

No master plan for use of the park has been adopted yet. In 1979, the Park Authority plans to solicit residents' opinions on how they want the park to be used. Park Authority ideas on development currently include ballfields, open play, picnic and play-ground areas, tennis and/or basketball courts, parking and walkways.

Bryant Farm Park - $755,000 was set aside to purchase 38 acres of land adjacent to the existing 35-acre park on Mount Vernon Memorial Highway in Mount Vernon. An additional $149,505 was set aside for development of the park. Since the bond funds were originally allocated, the amount of funds set aside to purchase land has been increased to $930,000. The Park Authority is currently negotiating to purchase the additional land, and a master plan for development has already been adopted. Development is scheduled to begin in 1981 on athletic fields, an adult area, parking, tennis and basketball courts, open play, picnic and playground areas, walkways and landscaping. The park Authority also is studying the possibility of locating an indoor pool here.

Collingwood Community Park - $75,000 was set aside to develop this 12-acre park, which the Fairfax County Park Authority recently acquired as a surplus school site. The park currently has a parking lot, two baseball-softball fields and a soccer-football field. A master plan for development has already been adopted. Work is expected to begin in late 1978 or early 1979 on ballfield relocation, parking, basketball court, tennis courts, open play, picnic and playground areas, walks and landscaping.

Dogue Creek Stream Valley - $40,000 was set aside to purchase up to seven acres of land in Mount Vernon in 1982 in areas of new development where developers have not made required donations of parkland to prodtect the stream valley and its slopes. This is one of 13 stream valleys in the county that the Park Authority has pledged to preserve and protect.

Huntington Community Park - $50,000 was set aside to develop this 3.3-acre park at 2222 Fairfax Ter. in Fairfax County. The park already has a baseball-softball field, basketball court, playground and trails. A master plan for development has already been adopted. Work is scheduled to begin in 1982 on an adult area, tennis courts, landscaping and walks.

Hunting Creek Stream Valley - $80.000 was set aside to purchase up to 13 acres of land in Mount Vernon in 1982 in areas of new development where developers have not made required donations of parkland to protect the stream valley and its slopes. This is one of 13 stream valleys in the county that the Park Authority has pledged to preserve and protect.

Mount Eagle Park - $215,000 was originally set aside to develop this currently undeveloped 12-acre park, which is on ground leased from the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. But $80,750 of those funds have been reallocated for other projects in the Mount Vernon District. The funds may be reinstated through other funding sources.

Mount Eagle Park is on Fort Drive in Fairfax County, serving the Fairhaven, Huntington and Jefferson Manor communities. No master plan for development of the park has been adopted yet. The Park Authority is currently meeting with the executive boards of the Fairhaven, Huntington and Jefferson Manor civic associations to determine how citizens want the park to be used.A public hearing will probably take place by this fall, and development ideas currently include athletic fields, tennis and/or basketball courts, an adult area, trail, landscaping, open play, picnic and playground areas and parking.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park - $75,000 was set aside to develop this 20-acre park at 8100 Fordson Rd. in Gum Springs. The park currently has a baseball-ball court, natural area, parking, picnic area, playground, outdoor community swimming pool, trails and two tennis courts. A master plan for development of the park has already been adopted. Development is scheduled to begin in 1980 on continued lighting of existing facilities, parking, shelter, picnic area, walks and repairs to the swimming pool deck.