Lee District Park and REC Center Update

If you’ve been to any of the Lee Nights summer concerts in the outdoor amphitheater at Lee District Park, then you know what a wonderful green resource this 138-acre park and recreation center located off Telegraph Road is in our busy district. It will be an even better resource now that we’ve creatively amassed the funds to upgrade the park and rec center into a state of the art regional amenity. Funding from a variety of sources, including Park Bonds, proffers, and private contributions is making these upgrades and additions possible.

Lee District Rec Center

The rec center, with its Olympic-sized heated indoor pool, fully equipped fitness center, racquetball/Wally ball courts, mirrored dance rooms, and a preschool will be undergoing renovation late this summer. Aging mechanical systems including air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and the pool heating system will be replaced, thanks to the 2008 bond referendum. 

A New Accessible Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park

Have you heard about the accessible tree house being built at Lee District Park? It’s part of a family activity complex that will be accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. The treehouse will overlook a forest and stream valley and its gently sloping ramps will make access easy for wheelchair-bound children and adults and those with limited mobility. Most of the funding for the treehouse comes from donations to the Fairfax County Park Foundation and the 2008 Fairfax County Park Bond.

The complex will include a spray park featuring water showers from fanciful structures, providing children with safe and fun activity on hot summer days. The spray park is funded by the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs. Construction of the spray park is expected to begin January 2010 and be completed later that summer.

Future features of this accessible recreation area will include a playground with slides, swings, and other equipment specially designed for use by all children, including those with disabilities, a fully accessible carousel and picnic shelter.

If you are interested in making a donation to help in completing this special place for area families please visit the Fairfax County Park Foundation website.

Synthetic Turf Field Ground Breaking

Saturday, May 16 was the ground breaking for the synthetic turf field conversion project of rectangular field No. 4, across from the Lee District Rec Center. Players, parents, coaches, elected and Park Authority officials joined me in marking the occasion.

The new synthetic turf field will allow us to stretch our limited park dollars by increasing field capacity and supporting higher use than natural turf fields. We’ll have lower maintenance costs because these fields don’t need mowing, fertilizing or re-seeding. And—new lighting will maximize field capacity and playing time.

The new field is expected to be ready for use this fall.

Supervisor Jeff McKay with Lee Mt. Vernon Soccer Club future All Stars at the Synthetic Turf Field Ground Breaking.


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