Master Plan Amendment Approved by the Park Authority Board on July
Next Step: Work with Trails for Youth to implement master plan
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
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.
Master Plan Amendment - Approved 7/23/14
To facilitate the proposed bicycle pump track facility, the park
master plan was amended to reflect a neighborhood scale pump track in
the area of the park that was previously a small baseball diamond. Due
to the substandard size and lack of use, the former baseball diamond
was removed. The Park Authority and Trails for Youth will consider a
partnership to implement the proposed pump track.
To get more information or provide comments on the master plan
amendment, please contact the Public Information Office at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov
Frequently Asked Questions
Who 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
What is a bicycle pump
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.
Who will be able to use the
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.
Are 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)
Where is Brookfield
Brookfield Park is located at 7417 Floyd Avenue in Springifeld, see the
vicinity map for reference.
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.
What 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
Multi-use trail network
Open play field
Surface parking lot
Pond and dam (currently under construction)