Confederate soldiers once climbed Signal Hill in Prince William County and warned troops of approaching Union soldiers. The Confederates then camped along Bull Run inside what is now Manassas Park.

The Manassas Park City Council is making plans to convert those two undeveloped historic sites, both owned by the city, into recreation spots. Last week, the council called in consultants to draft a master plan for recreational development of the areas.

City Manager Jerry Davis said the plan, which will cost $13,000, is expected to be complete within six months. The council then will submit a grant application to the Virginia Commission on Outdoor Recreation to develop the land.

Nearly six years ago the state Outdoor Recreation Commission granted Manassas Park approximately $500,000 to buy the two tracts for recreational areas. The 200-acre Bull Run tract is in northeastern Manassas Park and the 100-acre Signal Hill tract is south of the city in Prince William County.

The council last week also ordered Davis to come up with alternate ways of financing the $130,000 city community center adjacent to Costello Park in the center of Manassas Park. Davis will report back to the council within 60 days. The 2,300-square-foot community center, which would include a video game room, TV lounge, activity room and snack bar, will be constructed early next year if funding can be found, Davis said.