Names Sought for Parks

Public input is being sought to help name three new Loudoun County parks and a park access road in Lansdowne. The facilities are:

* A 51-acre riverfront park on the eastern shore of Goose Creek between Cotton Bridge and the Potomac River. The park includes a nature trail, access to Goose Creek, a section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, a canoe-kayak launch and an all-weather surface parking lot accessed from River Pointe Drive.

* A 71-acre park along the Potomac River with access to the river and Goose Creek. The park features open fields and a section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Access to the park is from Squirrel Ridge Drive. In addition to a name for the park, a name is needed for the road into the parking lot.

* A 15-acre park off Kephart Drive with two soccer fields, a baseball field, a basketball court, two picnic pavilions, a rest room, two parking lots and a tot lot.

Suggestions for names for the parks or the access road can be e-mailed to prcs@loudoun.gov or mailed to Diane Ryburn, Director, Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, 215 Depot Ct. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175. Include your full name, address and phone number. The deadline is Sept. 2. For more information, call 703-777-0343.

Plans for Center Underway

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the architectural firm Wisnewski Blair Associates of Alexandria will hold a pre-design meeting for the Dulles South multipurpose facility at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Arcola Community Center, 24244 Gum Spring Rd.

The facility, at the corner of Tall Cedars Parkway and Riding Center Drive in South Riding, is expected to include a community center, recreation center and senior center.

For more information, call 703-777-0343 or e-mail prcs@loudoun.gov.

Naturalist Center Cleanup

The Smithsonian Institute's Naturalist Center in Leesburg will be closed Aug. 30 to Sept. 13 for its annual cleanup. The hands-on study center has more than 30,000 natural history and anthropological specimens as well as books, microscopes, measuring tools and other equipment.

Greens Fees Discounted

Because August is National Golf Month, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is offering $10 off greens fees Mondays through Thursdays at Pohick Bay Regional Park Golf Course in Lorton, Algonkian Regional Park Golf Course in Sterling and Brambleton Regional Park Golf Course in Ashburn.

Golfers must print out an online coupon, found at www.nvrpa.org/NationalGolfMonth.html, and cart rental is required. For information, visit www.nvrpa.org.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD and STEPHEN C. FEHR