Public invited to comment on proposed Leesburg park

A public input session on the proposed Mervin Jackson Park in downtown Leesburg has been scheduled for 7 p.m. March 13 in the lower-level meeting room of the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr. NW, Leesburg.

The Leesburg Town Council recently approved the development of two vacant town-owned parcels on the south side of the town hall parking garage on Loudoun Street SW as a public park.

At the meeting, town officials will facilitate an open discussion, provide a list of potential amenities under consideration and give examples of typical levels of development.

Town staff members will use the comments gathered at the meeting to develop several design options that will be presented to residents at a follow-up meeting. The options will then be given to the Town Council for consideration in June.

Residents may also submit comments via the town Web site,

Architectural Review Board seeks nominees for awards

As part of its seventh annual awards program, the Loudoun County Joint Architectural Review Board is requesting nominations from the public for projects that exemplify the protection, preservation or enhancement of historic buildings, landscapes, properties or other resources in Loudoun. Award winners will be recognized at a National Preservation Month event in May.

The nomination form is at Paper copies are available from the county Planning Department.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. April 4 to or to the Loudoun County Planning Department, Mail Stop 62, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175, to the attention of Lauren Murphy. Electronic and hard-copy applications will be accepted.

For information about the Joint Architectural Review Board and the awards program, contact or 703-777-0246.

Loudoun will showcase farms in annual spring tour

Loudoun County’s annual Spring Farm Tour is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 and 18.

Farmers who would like to participate are encouraged to review the tour policies and guidelines and complete an application at

Completed applications must be received by the county Department of Economic Development by the close of business March 21.

The Spring Farm Tour is a free, self-guided tour that showcases active farms and rural businesses in Loudoun.

Brochures for the tour, including a map and directions to the participating farms, will be available at Loudoun libraries and community centers, and at Visit Loudoun in Leesburg. Information about the tour will also be posted at

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson