The Washington Post

Tysons Corner may be booming, but Tysons Forest is moving closer to staying green, unpaved

A graphic showing where ten large planned developments want to build, or already are building, around Tysons Corner. The number of applicants surprised Fairfax County officials. To see the whole thing, click here. (Gene Thorp and Corinne Reilly and Google Earth/The Washington Post)

One of the original proposals for the new Tysons City was a big fat road right down the middle of Old Courthouse Spring Branch park, a 33-acre forest that is the last expanse of green space in the area. Residents organized against it and seemed to have convinced the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors that it was a bad idea. The board in November voted to ask planners to take the option off the table.

Now the Fairfax Department of Transportation has weighed in with a letter examining the idea of an exit ramp from the Dulles Toll Road down into the park, to connect with the big fat road (aka Boone Boulevard). Director Tom Biesiadny writes to the board in the letter below that his staff believes this option “can be eliminated from further study.”

The full letter is below, and the Board will take up this matter formally on Jan. 15. But both the transportation department and park authority have determined that this watershed and formally designated “resource protection area” needs to be, uh, protected. Are we done here now?

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
How to make Sean Brock's 'Heritage' cornbread
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
The signature dish of Charleston, S.C.
Play Videos
Why seasonal allergies make you miserable
John Lewis, 'Marv the Barb' and the politics of barber shops
What you need to know about filming the police
Play Videos
The Post taste tests Pizza Hut's new hot dog pizza
5 tips for using your thermostat
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
The signature drink of New Orleans