Can you be more specific about the larger projects that the park bond will be used to pay for?
John Dargle, Jr
Using the Needs Assessment ten-year capital plan, facility condition assessments, park master plans and stakeholder input as tools for project selection, the allocation of the proposed 2012 park bond would fall into several categories: stewardship and land acquisition, existing facility renovations, community parks/new facilities and facility expansion. The project list balances priority needs, reinvestment in aging facilities, investments in land, natural and cultural resource protection, advancement of phased projects and improving the park experience. Some of the projects include expansion to Spring Hill RECenter, trail upgrades and connections to the park trail network throughout the County, athletic field improvements such as conversion to synthetic turf, field upgrades and lighting improvements at Rolling Valley West, Arrowhead, Ellanor C. Lawrence, Langley Fork, Pine Ridge, McNaughton and Grist Mill parks, restoration of the miller’s house at Colvin Run Mill and renovation of the tenant house at Historic Huntley, construction of a shelter at Hidden Pond Nature Center, and an environmental education center is also planned in Sully Woodlands. Other projects include the first phase of improvements at Monticello Park, Hartland Road Park and White Gardens and continued phased development at Laurel Hill Park and Patriot Park. Additional features at The Water Mine at Lake Fairfax would be added to enhance the visitor experience and increase capacity. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/2012bond.htm