Bren Mar Park Master Plan Revision
Park Authority Board Approves the Bren Mar Park
Master Plan Revision
On February 27, 2013, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the master plan revision for Bren Mar Park. The master plan will serve to guide future development of the site by identifying uses which are appropriate for this park. Initiated in the spring of 2011, the Bren Mar Park Master Plan was revised through an iterative process guided by a multi-disciplinary master plan team with input from the community. The plan was also established with coordination from Park Authority Board members and Supervisor Penny Gross.
The Park Site
Bren Mar Park, located at 6324 Edsall Rd, Alexandria, includes approximately 26 acres of land in the Bren Mar area of the Mason Supervisory District. The existing park contains a playground, parking area, a small picnic shelter and several natural surface trails and an unscheduled youth baseball diamond. Park access is from Edsall Road. The revised master plan allows for the baseball diamond to be repurposed as an off-leash dog area.
The Park Planning Process
The master planning process for the revision of the Bren Mar Park master plan focused on establishing a balance between providing expanded recreation opportunities in context with the surrounding neighborhoods. The process also responded to an community offer to sponsor an off leash dog area in the park. The overall master plan process is designed to take into account community preferences, area facility needs and site related issues such as transportation needs, public access, site assets and physical constraints.
Public input is a key component of the master plan process. Two public meetings were held during the course of developing the master plan for Banks Park with public comment accepted throughout the process until November 22, 2012. Public input and community park and recreation needs were fully evaluated in the master plan development. The Park Authority appreciates all who took the time to participate in the process and to share their vision for Bren Mar Park. As a result, many of the community’s opinions and preferences are reflected in the final approved plan.
The Future Park
Although the master plan is approved for Bren Mar Park, no funding is currently identified for the further development of this park. Site design, engineering, construction timing, and funding, are determined by the Park Authority Board through adoption of a Park Capital Improvement Program and voter approval of Park Bond Referendums. In some cases, alternative funding sources may become available to provide park improvements. For instance, off leash dog areas in County parks require a community sponsor for facility installation and operation support. Approval of the master plan revision, however, is a critical step in allowing the Park Authority to identify funding sources appropriate to the future development of Bren Mar Park.