The Leesburg Town Council this week expects to award a contract to one of two bidders for the development of a three-acre park at the Market Square Station project, which is nearing completion. The park, which is adjacent to the Washington and Old Dominion bike trail, will include a gazebo that can be used for shelter for walkers and bikers, bike racks, a paved path and picnic tables. In addition, said town planner Martha Semmes, the city will plant a field of wildflowers. An $85,000 federal block grant will fund the park and bring to three the number of such recreational areas within town limits. The park is slated to be finished by November, Semmes said.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and the Pentagon have reached a compromise on the amount of land the county must donate to the National Guard for an armory site in Leesburg. The Board of Supervisors will approve two acres at its board meeting Wednesday in addition to the 2.7 acres offered originally. According to board chairman Frank Raflo, the compromise was reached through the intervention of Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), who serves on the Armed Services Committee. The land is part of a 92-acre parcel the county owns on Sycolin Road across from the Leesburg airport. Plans for the site include a police and fire department training area and a maintenance garage for county vehicles.
August Court Days, a two-day reenactment of the 18th century custom of craftsmen and vendors crowding the streets on the days judicial court opened, will be held in downtown Leesburg Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The musical comedy "1776" will be the highlight of the weekend, a spokesman said. Special performances to be presented by the Bluemont Concert Series include mountain music and tales with Rich Kirby and Tom Bledsoe, master mime Larry Goldstein, Magpie, the James Stewart Faith Gospel Singers and the Bluemont Morris Dancers. For information call 777-0519 or 471-6093.