Conceptual Development Plan Approved for Patriot Park North
The Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) for Patriot Park North Park was approved by the Park Authority Board on December 14, 2016. The approved CDP is available from the documents list on this webpage. Patriot Park North is located at the corner of Braddock and Willow Springs School Roads, in Fairfax. Please refer to the accompanying Vicinity Map.
The approved CDP was revised based on public comments received during and after the second public comment meeting held by the Fairfax County Park Authority at Willow Springs Elementary School in May 2016. Public comments on the revised CDP were mostly supportive with requests to shift features to provide larger buffer areas, provide better facility utilization, increase parking, and a vehicular connection between the parking lot and the adjacent Willow Springs Elementary School to address school traffic circulation issues, all of which appear in the approved CDP.
A proposal to rename the park to Tom Davis Park in honor of former Congressman, Fairfax County Board Chairman, and Mason District Supervisor Tom Davis will also be considered by the Park Authority Board in the future. Tom Davis has made significant contributions to the Park Authority through actions in his elected official status and as a citizen of Fairfax County. The name change will require Park Board approval.
During his 15 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Tom Davis:
- Established Mason District Park Day;
- Oversaw funding for Greens Springs Garden Park
- Preserved a nine-hole course at Pinecrest Golf Course through zoning proffers
- Facilitated development of three little league fields at Pine Ridge Park
- Oversaw dedication of hundreds of acres of stream valley parks
- Helped establish the amphitheater at Mason District Park through park bonds
- Preserved historic Clarke House as a zoning proffer
While in Congress, Tom Davis:
- Authored legislation and worked with the Federal Government to close Lorton Prison and transfer 3,000 acres of land to the county for Laurel Hill Park and Golf Course
- Obtained federal funding for bike trails for Fairfax County that enhance connectivity to park trails
In addition, he has demonstrated strong support for local baseball
organizations who will utilize the planned baseball field
The Fairfax County Park Authority initiated the public master planning process for Patriot Park North at Willow Springs, located at the corner of Braddock and Willow Springs School Roads, in Fairfax with a public comment meetings at Willow Springs Elementary School held in July, 2015 and May 2016. Documents related to these meeting can be found in the documents section of this webpage.
The Park Site
Located at the corner of Braddock and Willow Springs Roads, Patriot Park North Park has 67 acres with three diamond athletic fields, parking areas, lawn, meadow, and forest areas. The park is classified as a local park and is located adjacent to Willow Springs Elementary School in the Bull Run Planning District, and is expected to serve the surrounding communities and local sport organizations.
The majority of the site was two parcels of surplus school property, transferred from the Board of Supervisors to the Park Authority, one in 2011, the other in 2012, with three diamond athletic fields, parking, and associated features that were constructed in the 1990s. Two more adjacent parcels were acquired by the Park Authority in 2014 to expand the park.
Few parks or schools have more than two diamond fields and there is a high need for a diamond field complex in the County that will serve a broader range of sports and provide a facility to accommodate tournaments. Patriot Park, located half a mile to the east along Braddock Road, was planned for such a complex, however, development of the diamond complex at Patriot Park will be significantly delayed until design and construction of the Shirley Gate Road Extension to the Fairfax County Parkway is completed. This transportation project is currently in design but not funded for construction. Uncertainty about this transportation project and site access constraints will delay any construction at Patriot Park. The Park Authority engaged Pennoni Associates to perform extensive site analysis and develop a conceptual development plan to support a diamond field complex at the Willow Spring site that could potentially be developed sooner than the diamond complex planned at Patriot Park. As part of the planning process a park name will be established. In the meantime, it will be referred to as Patriot Park North at Willow Springs.
Patriot Park North at Willow Springs offers an alternative location for a diamond field complex. Several factors favor a diamond complex at this location. Three existing diamond fields establish an active recreation use of the site, adjacent to Willow Springs Elementary School that shares an access road and traffic signal. The site analysis conducted by Pennoni Associates has confirmed that the topography, vegetation, access to utilities, soils, and existing uses will support the proposed six diamond field complex. This site is located outside of the sewer service area and a septic system location within the park has been approved by the Fairfax County Health Department.