Park Board Approves $96 Million Plan

The Prince William County Park Authority board of directors has unanimously approved a plan calling for $96 million in parks and recreation projects over the next 12 years.

The 226-page parks and recreation blueprint, approved at a public hearing Dec. 16, calls for 35 new parks encompassing 1,200 acres, two $8.5 million indoor recreation centers, an 18-hole golf course, a nine-hole golf course, an indoor sports complex, a water park and an ice-skating rink. The plan is not a "green bible for parks," but rather a flexible guide to decision-making that would change year to year, said Patrick Mulhern, Park Authority planning director. The plan will be presented to the Board of County Supervisors in late January or February, said Elinor Belk, Park Authority spokeswoman. About 50 people at the Dec. 16 meeting addressed specific projects in the plan, Belk said. Most criticized the emphasis on soccer fields rather than football fields, Belk said. The county operates 37 parks encompassing 2,500 acres, most of it undeveloped.

NOVA Names IBM as Employer of Year

IBM has been named Outstanding Employer of the Year by the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College for "providing students with a variety of work experiences."

More than 100 NOVA students have been hired at the IBM facility in Manassas since a cooperative education program was established 10 years ago. Students have been hired primarily for technical, security and clerical posts. The students can earn up to 15 college credits for work experience related to their academic interests.

"This program has benefited both IBM and the students. It helps IBM manage its workload and gives students on-the-job training," said Carol Carpenter, coordinator of the program for IBM.

Duane H. York Named to Park Board

Duane H. York, a former Neabsco District representative to the Community Services Board, was recently named to the county's Park Authority Board, replacing John Harper Jr., who was appointed director of the Dale City Recreation Center.

York will complete Harper's term, which expires in October 1989. As a board member, York will be responsible for managing nearly 2,500 acres of county park land.