The Fairfax County Park Authority has allocated $4,505,760 of the bond money for use in the Providence District Park officials are authorized to spend $3,020,760 on 17 development projects and $1,485,000 on eight acquisition projects amounting to 70 acres of land.
The following is the first of three reports on projects and parks in the Providence 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.
Accotink Trails - $54,000 was set aside to develop a section of trails along the Accotink Creek from Woodburn Road to Rte. 236 to connect with Wakefield Park. The development is in keeping with the approved County-wide Trails-Plan. Construction is scheduled for this summer.
Blake Lane Area South - $260,000 was set aside to acquire up to 15 acres of land between Rte. 29-211 and Rte. 66 in Fairfax for a community park. The Fairfax County Authority is currently in the process of identifying the site and expects to settle by next summer. At this time, there are no development funds for the park.
Blake Lane Area North - $100,000 was set aside to acquire up to five acres of land north of Rte. 66 in Oakton for a community park. The Park Authority will begin looking for a site in 1981. At this time, there are no development funds for the park.
Camelot Trail - $1,760 was set aside to build a small wood-chip trail loop on the Accotink Creek in the Camelot subdivision in Annandale. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.
Chiles Area Northeast - $105,000 was allocated to purchase up to five acres of land for a community park in the northeast section of the Chiles tract in Falls Church, adjacent to Pine Spring Elementary School at the Beltway and Rte. 50. The Park Authority plans to identify a site this summer. At this time, there are no development funds for the park.
Chiles Area Southeast - $300,000 was allocated for acquisition of up to 15 acres of land for a community park in the southeastern section of the Chiles tract in Falls Church, adjacent to Falls Church High School, and $400,000 was set aside for development. The Park Authority is currently moving toward negotiations on the site, which has been identified. Public opinion on how the park should be used is expected to be solicited in 1980. Development ideas currently include tennis and/or basketball courts, picnic, playground and open play areas, adult areas, trails and parking.
Chiles Tract Recreation Center - $1,320,000 has been set aside for development of a recreation center in Falls Church, adjacent to Falls Church High School. Public opinion on what facilities the center should include will be solicited by the Park Authority in 1979. Construction is expected to begin in late 1979 or early 1980. Park Authority ideas of development currently include an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and other related indoor recreational facilities patterned after the Wakefield Park Recreation Center.
Devonshire Community Park - $20,000 was set aside for development of this 3.8-acre community park at 2845 Edgehill Ave., Falls Church. The park already has a playground area, trails and a natural area. A master plan for use of the park has already been adopted. Work is scheduled to begin in 1982 on trails, an outdoor classroom and additional playground equipment.
Dunn Loring Community Park - $20,000 was allocated for development in this 15.7-acre park at 2500 Gallows Rd., Vienna. The park already has a basketball court, two tennis courts, a natural area, historic site, open play area, parking, picnic area, playground, shelter, trails and shuffleboard. A master plan for development has already been adopted, and work is scheduled to begin in 1981, on trails, landscaping and an outdoor classroom area.