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Brookfield Park Master Plan Amendment

Brief Project Description

Trails For Youth, a nonprofit organization based in Springfield that supports youth through recreation activities and programs, has proposed to build and maintain a neighborhood-scale bicycle pump track in Brookfield Park for community use. After evaluating both the proposed facility and site in the park, the Park Authority held a community meeting and 30-day public comment period to gather public input on the proposal. The proposal will require a park master plan amendment, which will be considered by the Park Authority Board in July 2014 after reviewing received public comment 

Public Community Meeting Information

The Park Authority held a community meeting on May 7, 2014, at Crestwood Elementary School to present details about the pump track proposal and to allow those in attendance to share their thoughts. The meeting was attended by over 30 community members and attracted 13 speakers. Staff presentations and a summary of the meeting including spoke comment are available from the documents list. Please note that speaker summary is not verbatim and is only intended to provide the general impression or sentiment of the speaker. A 30-day public comment period started following the meeting and ended on June 9, 2014; received public comment during this time is now available for review from the documents list.

Draft Master Plan Amendment

To facilitate the proposed bicycle pump track facility, the draft master plan amendment proposes to change the label of the area sited for the facility as circled in red below. The existing master plan label in this area is for a ”ballfield”, however, due to the substandard size and lack of use, the former baseball diamond was removed and is currently open space. The proposed pump track would comprise only a portion of the open space area.  This master plan amendment proposes to change the label in this area to “Open play area and neighborhood-scale bicycle track.”

Master Plan Amendment Timeline

May 7, 2014 – Public community meeting and start of 30-day public comment period
June 7, 2014 – Public comment period is closed
June/July 2014 – Park Authority staff reviews public comment
July 2014 – Park Authority Board action

Contact Information

To get more information or provide comments on the master plan amendment, please contact the Park Authority through these contacts:

By email or phone, please contact the Public Information Office at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-8662

By mail, please send to:
Jay Rauschenbach, Project Manager
Fairfax County Park Authority, Planning and Development Division
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 406
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Frequently Asked Questions

ExpandWho is Trails For Youth and what is their involvement?

Founded in 2002 by husband and wife duo Pat and Julie Childers, Trails For Youth is a nonprofit based in Springfield that focuses on providing positive outdoor experiences to children, ranging from bicycle rides to overnight camping trips. For more information about the organization, please visit their website at www.trailsforyouth.org.

To facilitate the bicycle pump track proposal, Trails For Youth will enter into a development, maintenance, and use agreement with the Park Authority. In particular, Trails For Youth will financially support the construction of the pump track, maintain the pump track through volunteer efforts, and generally sponsor and support the pump track operations.

ExpandWhat is a bicycle pump track?

A bicycle pump track can be described as a continuous track of dirt rollers, berms, and jumps that loops back on itself. Either constructed of dirt or prefabricated materials like wood or metal, the combination of hills and dips enable riders to complete the track without peddling based on the rider’s momentum. Typical examples that vary in material, size, and intended audience, which are important factors in designing a track are provided.

ExpandWho will be able to use the pump track?

While the size of the bicycle pump track is envisioned to be oriented toward youth, the track will be open to the public during regular park hours. In addition, Trails For Youth envisions sponsoring and organizing periodic programs, events and classes at the track.

ExpandAre there other pump tracks in the DC area?

Yes, but very few of them are at a neighborhood-scale as proposed by Trails for Youth. Larger pump track examples in the region include:
  • Monocacy Village Park, City of Fredrick, Maryland
  • South Germantown Recreational Park, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (Montgomery County, Maryland)
  • Rockburn Skills Park, Howard County (Elkridge, Maryland)

ExpandWhere is Brookfield Park?

Brookfield Park is located at 7417 Floyd Avenue in Springifeld, see the vicinity map for reference.

ExpandWhy Brookfield Park?

Brookfield Park is designated as a Local Park in the Park Authority park classification system. Local Parks provide park and recreational facilities to residents and workers in close proximity of the park. As a nonprofit serving youth in Springfield, Trails For Youth believes Brookfield Park is the perfect opportunity to build a bicycle pump track for community use.

ExpandWhat are the existing conditions of Brookfield Park?

As illustrated in the existing conditions map, Brookfield Park has several existing facilities, including:
  • Reservable picnic shelter and picnic tables
  • School-age playground
  • Multi-use trail network
  • Open play field
  • Basketball court
  • Surface parking lot
  • Primarily forested
  • Pond and dam (currently under construction)

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