The Fairfax County Park Authority has allocated $5,497,785 of the bond money for use in the Springfield District. The Park Authority is authorized to spend $4,514,785 on 31 development projects and $963,000 on 10 acquisition projects amounting to 112 acres of land.
The following is the first of four reports on projects and parks in the Springfield District, where the money is scheduled to be spent in the next five years. Previous reports have described where the money will be spent in the country's other magisterial districts.
Accotink Stream Valley Trail - $55,000 was set aside for development of a trail route in Springfield from Lake Accotink Park along the Accotink to Old Keene Mill Road. The development is in keeping with the approved Countywide Trails Plan. Construction is scheduled to begin in 1981.
Arrowhead Community Park - $100,000 was set aside to develop this 12-acre park at 5200 Stringfellow Rd. in the Centreville area. The park is currently undeveloped. No master plan for development of the park has been adopted yet. Public opinion on how the park should be used will be solicited by the Park Authority in 1980. Current Park Authority development ideas include ballfields, an open play area, picnic and playground areas, basketball and/or tennis court 8, trails, landscaping and parking.
Braddock Road Community Park - $200,000 was set aside for development of this 25-acre park at Braddock and Clifton roads in Clifton. The park currently has an entrance road and parking area, a baseball/softball field and an open play area. No master plan for use of the park has been adopted yet. Public opinion on how the park should be used will be solicited by the Park Authority in 1981. Current development ideas include ballfields, an open play areas, picnic and playground areas, basketball and/or tennis courts, trails, landscaping and parking, an adult area and a shelter/restroom.
Burke Center Area - $200,000 was allocated for development of one or more community parks in the new planned community development area south of Braddock Road, east of Rte. 123 and north or Burke Lake Road in Springfield. Any park would be built on land which developers are required to set aside for the Park Authority for active recreation or to protect stream valleys and their slopes. Once the land is acquired by the Park Authority, public opinion on how the parks are to be used will be solicited.
Burke Lake Park - $457,785 was set aside for development in this 888-acre park at 7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. The park rests on a 200-acre lake, and existing facilities include an 18-hole executive size golf course, driving range, clubhouse facilities, park administration building, numerous picnic and open play areas, several playgrounds, restroom buildings, marina and boat launching facilities, bike and hiking trails, boat rentals, food concession building, carrousel ride and miniature train ride, bicycle rentals, amphitheater, campgrounds, interpretive trails and wayside exhibits.
A master plan for development has been adopted already, and phased construction is scheduled to begin late this year or early in 1979 on old and new parking improvements, picnic facilities, camp site upgrading, a shelter, interpretive trails, wayside exhibits and an amphitheater.
Burke Station Community Park - $50,000 was set aside to develop this 18-acre community park at 6200 Hillside Rd., Burke. A master plan for use of the park has already been adopted, and work is about to begin with funds made available from a previous bond referendum. Construction is expected to begin this summer on two tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground and picnic area and trails. The new bond money will assist in that development. Lighting could be added in 1979 if there are sufficient funds.
Cardinal Forest School Site - $50,000 was allocated to develop this undeveloped 10.2-acre surplus school site at 8020 Carrleigh Pkwy. in West Srpingfield. There is no master plan for development. Public opinion on how the park should be used is expected to be solicited in 1982. Development ideas include a natural area, an outdoor classroom, trails, landscaping and benches.
Chalet Woods Community Park - $25,000 was allocated to develop this 10.7-acre community park at 14912 Cranoke St. in Centreville. Construction has already begun on three lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, trails and a playground area. Funds for the projects came from a 1971 bond referendum. A master plan for the new developments has already been approved, and work is scheduled to begin in 1981 on conservation improvements which include a wayside exhibit and interpretive areas with a self-guiding trail in the adjacent Club Run Stream Valley.
Clifton Area - $100,000 has been allocated to purchase up to 10 acres of land, and $100,000 was set aside to develop a community park. The Park Authority has already consulted Clifton officials and community groups to begin identifying a site for the park in 1982, residents' opinions on how the park should be used will be solicited. Current Park Authority ideas on development include ballfields, an open play area, picnic and playground areas, basketball and/or tennis courts, trails, landscaping and parking.