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Needs Assessment Is the Driver for Park Planning


Your Input Needed

Snow has thawed, temperatures are warming, and summer is finally on its way! As you move outside to take full advantage of our vast park system, you may be interested to know how park planners decide which park facilities, services and programs to provide our community.

Every ten years the Park Authority conducts a study to better understand what Fairfax County residents need from a park and recreation system. From that assessment, we can better prioritize and balance those needs across the county and plan for them.

This summer, while you are enjoying our parks, programs and golf courses, you will begin to see opportunities to become involved in our next park needs assessment – online and in person. Your views will help guide our research and analysis over the course of the study and plan for future park initiatives. You may be one of 15,000 randomly selected residents to receive a survey in the mail asking for your feedback. By mid-summer, a dedicated webpage will provide status updates and announce more opportunities for public input including open forums and informal polls. Once this site is live, you'll be able to access it from our homepage. If you would like to receive updates by e-mail, please subscribe to the Planning and Development E-News.

The success of our study and our ability to plan effectively relies on your candid views, so whether you receive a survey, are asked to respond to an online poll or receive an invitation to attend a public meeting, we’d appreciate hearing from you. Until then, enjoy your summer in your parks!

Anna Bentley, AICP
Senior Park Planner

Your Input Needed

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