The Manassas Battlefield Park's 10-year-old volunteer program, dubbed VIP (Volunteers in the Park) is doing so well this year, according to park director Ronald Swain, that all posts are filled for the summer. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages are working to maintain grounds, fences and buildings, as well as act as part of the living history program by donning Civil War uniforms and demonstrating the use of muskets during guided tours.
In 1984, volunteers logged 2,800 work hours, Swain said; a normal work year based on a 40-hour day is 2,080 hours. Volunteers last year put in 200 hours in a single weekend maintaining the horse trails that meander through the park. Seventy-five-year-old Charles Young, noticing trash during his daily five-mile walk through the park, recently began filling trash bags as he walked. Then, said Swain, Young started a cleanup project that he now coordinates.
Bids will go out for development of three parcels of land at the eastern end of the city-owned Manassas Municipal Airport this month, according to airport manager Ralph Moore. The city is looking for a third fixed-base operator to join Colgan Airways and Dulles Aviation. Due to increased demand for hangar space, the city also has approved construction of hangars that will house 30 more airplanes, Moore said.