After months of lobbying his colleagues on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Dumfries representative Ed King has been assured that his district will get a 13-acre parcel at Pattie Elementary School for a baseball diamond and recreational area, according to several county officials and supervisors.
The land originally had been designated as one of several sites owned by the School Board to be declared surplus and turned over to the County Board to be sold, with the proceeds to be used to build a $1.5 million school administration complex at Independent Hill.
The 2,000-member Montclair Property Owners Association, whose members live near Pattie School, has met several times with school and County Board members to request that the land be given to the county Park Authority for a recreation site.
According to board Vice Chairman Joseph Reading, the supervisors have assured King that they will approve the site for a park.
Supervisor Richard Pfitzner said that arrangements for the $1.5 million to build the administration complex have been made without having to sell the Pattie site.
Instead, a 15-acre parcel on Tudor Lane, on which some school offices now sit, and 25 acres on Godwin Drive will be sold to the city of Manassas for $1.1 million.
School Board Chairman Gerard Cleary said the supervisors have assured him unofficially that they will make up the difference.
A meeting of Manassas officials, Cleary and county school Superintendent Richard Johnson has been scheduled for early this month to "dot the I's and cross the T's," Cleary said.
Quipped county attorney John Foote: "When Ed [King] gets that park, he won't be reelected -- he'll be deified."