July Park and Environmental Update

Community Continues to Meet on Monticello Park Master Plan 

Following the April Public Information meeting to master plan Monticello Park, representatives from communities near the park were asked to participate in a working group that would discuss options for the park. The first meeting was held June 23 at Braddock Hall. Rough draft concepts with potential uses were developed to be shared with each representative’s community members and discussed again at the second meeting on July 6.

At that meeting, FCPA representatives reviewed three conceptual drawings and attendees provided their input. Attendees discussed development options ranging from leaving the park undeveloped to planning for off leash dog areas, a playground/tot-lot, community garden plots, unsheltered picnic areas, micro-fields, open play areas, a skate spot and parking area. Discussions also included such issues as storm water run-off, funding for specific projects, and care and maintenance of the park.

Some attendees suggested clearing a significant swath of forest across Guinea Road at Herzell Woods Park to make way for the OLDA and parking lot area so that Monticello Park could remain undeveloped. One key point of agreement was to eliminate the U-10 Playing Field thereby reducing the number of required parking spaces and re-designating the area as an Open Play Area that is consistent with the current use of the park. A revised set of drawings will be available soon for public comment via the FCPA website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/monticello.htm. so that residents can provide their comments on the conceptual drawing(s). The public input process for the Monticello Park master plan is still ongoing and your ideas and suggestions are very welcome and another working group meeting will be scheduled for mid-late August.

The new drawings will be posted When you have had a chance to review them please forward any comments to Andy Galusha of the FCPA at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Or, contact your Braddock District Representative to the FCPA, Anthony Vellucci at ajvellucci@gmail.com.

This article was provided by Anthony Vellucci, the Braddock District Representative to the Park Authority.

July Environmental Events

Saturday, July 9 - Build Your Own Composter Workshop
Time: 2pm - 5pm - Location: ReBuild Warehouse, Springfield VA
Are you interested in turning your household kitchen and yard scraps into...gold? At this workshop you will build your own 55 gallon tumbler style composter out of recycled lumber and pickle barrels. Take the composter home, fill it with scraps, and watch as that material turns into humus, the black gold prized by gardeners, farmers and homeowners alike! The cost the workshop is $75 and buys all materials to make the composter. Only a few spots are left! Please RSVP to Dan Schwartz.

Saturday, July 9 - Green Breakfast: Offshore Wind Energy
Time: 8:30am - 10am - Location: Brion’s Grille, Fairfax, VA
Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet and hear Annette Ramos of the Sierra Club speak about offshore wind energy in the state. As interest in alternative energy grows, development of wind farms is an increasingly viable option. The East Coast - particularly Virginia - has excellent conditions for wind power, perhaps enough to power 700,000 homes. This lecture will explore the possibilities and barriers to wind power in Virginia. No need to RSVP, just show up! The cost of the buffet is $10, tax and tip included. Cash is preferred.

Thursday, July 14 - Monitoring Workshop: Accotink Creek
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Location: Accotink Creek
Come out and help count the critters in this big, beautiful stream as it winds its way past the popular Cross County Trail. To RSVP, please contact Dan Schwartz.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Night Creek Walk
Time: 8pm - Location: Ellanor C Lawrence Park, Chantilly
Explore Big Rocky Run stream at night! When the park shuts down, nocturnal animals come out. Bring a flashlight and wear good hiking shoes for this hike to locate and identify nocturnal critters. RSVP online.

The Park Authority’s Summer Workshops
The Park Authority has dozens of nature and history themed workshops throughout the spring and summer, ranging from bird counts to hand-cranked ice cream making. To see a list of what’s coming up, check out the Parktakes catalogue online.

Free Summer Sustainability Workshops from George Mason Univeristy

Energy Efficiency at Home
Learn how to save 20 percent or more on energy bills with a very modest investment! This workshop will cover topics on how to make cost-effective energy saving improvements to your home and other small to mid-size buildings. The class will cover energy audits; plan reviews, and energy modeling to help homeowners reduce energy use in their homes. The workshop attendees will leave this course with a list of companies offering energy-auditing services and an energy reduction resource list for future reference.
Workshop 1: Wednesday, July 13, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM.
Workshop 2: Saturday, August 6, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM.
Location: Green Acres, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA. Room 113
Find more information: http://msi.gmu.edu/energyefficiencyathome.html

Waste Minimization Workshop
Packaging accounts for 64 million tons by weight, or 33 percent of all our garbage. Recycling helps, but reducing and reusing is even better! So come and learn how waste reduction techniques like smart purchasing decisions, reducing, reusing, and recycling waste can help save natural resources, energy, disposal space and cost, and minimize pollution risks.
Workshop: Saturday, July 16, 10:00-11:30 AM.
Location: Green Acres, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA. Room 113
Find more information: http://msi.gmu.edu/wasteminimization.html


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