The Fairfax County Park Authority has allocated $5,497,785 of the bond money for use in the Springfield District. Park officials are authorized to spend $4,514,785 on 31 development projects and $983,000 on 10 acquisition projects amounting to 112 acres of land.
The following is the third 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 [WORD ILLEGIBLE]
Lorfax Area - $100,000 was set aside to purchase up to 10 acres of land for a community park in the Lorfax Heights community in Lorton, and $50,000 was allocated for development. The Park Aurhority plans to begin identifying a site in 1981. No master plan has been adopted for development yet. In 1982, the Park Authority will solicit area residents' opinions on how the park should be used. Current Park Authority ideas for development include ballfields, open play area, picnic and playground areas, basketball and/or tennis courts, trails, landscraping and parking.
Middle Run Park - $300,000 was set aside for development of a community park on 40 acres of undeveloped land off Pohick Road in Springfield. The Park Authority is anticipating donation of the land by developers, who are required to provide adequate parkland to protect the stream valley and its slopes. The land is in the Pohick Stream Valley, adjacent to Dam Site 8, which is part of the Pohick Watershed Project, sponsored by the Board of Supervisors, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service.
No master plan for use of the park has been adopted yet. The Park Authority expects to solicit residents' opinions this summer on how they want the park to be used. A public hearing probably will be held this fall, and a master plan could be adopted by early 1979, according to the Park Authority. Phased construction could begin in 1979. Development ideas currently include water recreation facilities such as small marina, docks and [WORD ILLEGIBLE]launch, plus tennis courts, a basketball court, picnic, playground and open play areas, trails, parking and an adult area.
Newington Forest Area - $112,000 was set aside to develop one or more parks off Hooes Road in the Pohick Stream Valley area of Springfield. The Park Authority is anticipating a required donation of land from a subdivision developer for recreational use and to protect stream valleys and their slopes.No master plan for development has been adopted. Residents in the area will be asked to complete surveys in 1980 on how they want their park or parks to be developed. Current Part Authority ideas on development include ballfields, an open play area, picnic and playground areas, basketball and/or tennis courts, trails, landscaping, parking, an adult area and a shelter/restroom.
Pohick Stream Valley Trail - $42,000 was set aside for development of a trail route in West Springfield on the Pohick from Loudoun Lane to Orange Plank Drive. The development is in keeping with the approved Countywide Trails Plan. Construction is scheduled to begin in 1980.
Popes Head Park - $100,000 was set aside for development of this 95-acre park at 11713 Popes Head Rd. in the Fairfax Station area. Development funds will be available in 1981. A portion of this park, which is part of the Popes Head landfill, is owned by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. On that part of land, the Park Authority will jointly plan its use with the Fairfax County Police Department, which has temporary facilities there now.
No master plan for development has been adopted yet. The Park Authority is planning to solicit residents' opinions this year on how the park should be used. The county Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors have requested that the Park Authority consider construction equestrian facilities at the park. Current Park Authority development ideas also include ballfields, open play, picnic and playground areas, basketball and/or tennis courts, trails, landscaping, parking, an adult area and a shelter/restroom.
Rolling Valley West Community Park - $200,000 was set aside to develop this undeveloped 20-acre park near Sydenstricker and Old Keene Mill roads in Springfield. No master plan for development has been adopted yet. The Park Authority already has solicited opinions from residents on how they want the park to be used, and a public hearing on a plan was held in late March. A master plan probably will be adopted late this summer. After a plan is adopted, construction may begin in 1979. Current development ideas include ballfields, open play, picnic and playground areas, basketball and/or tennis courts, trails, landscaping, parking, an adult area and a shelter/restroom.
Rolling Valley Area - $100,000 was allocated to buy up to 10 acres of land for a community park in the Rolling Valley West subdivision of Springfield. The Park Authority plans to begin identifying a site in 1980. No development funds were set aside.