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Park Authority Announces Ruckstuhl Park Master Plan Process


The Fairfax County Park Authority has initiated a public master planning process for Ruckstuhl Park, located at 7545 Idylwood Rd, in Falls Church.  Please refer to the accompanying Vicinity Map .  To start this park planning process, a public information meeting was held on July 30, 2014.  The meeting presentation and a summary of comments are available on this web page under the Document List.

The Park Site

Located between Idylwood Rd and I-66, Ruckstuhl Park has 7.2 acres of lawn, meadow, and forest. Ruckstuhl Park is located in the Jefferson Planning District, and is classified as a local park, expected to serve the surrounding residential neighborhoods. It is increasingly rare for the Park Authority to find property that is ideal for a local public park in this developed part of Fairfax County. The acquisition of this property was made possible largely due to the generosity of Dr. Lily Ruckstuhl and the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, to whom she donated her property upon her passing in September 2008. Dr. Ruckstuhl expressed her desire that her property be forever preserved, preferably as a public park that area residents could enjoy as she had for many years. A conservation easement was placed on the property and prescribes certain conditions on the property and prohibits uses such as athletic fields.

Through the master plan process, the Park Authority will engage park stakeholders through its public participation process to help the Park Authority determine the appropriate uses and facilities within the park. 

The Process

The park master plan process begins with public engagement at a Public Information Meeting that will feature a presentation about the site’s existing conditions and the park master planning process.  Following the presentation, the meeting will continue with an informal moderated public discussion session to identify community concerns, answer questions, and receive suggestions for future park features.  This meeting allows the public to identify issues and uses to be considered by the Park Authority in developing the draft Master Plan.  Comments can also be provided throughout the process by email to: parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov

Using this input and the site conditions, a draft master plan will be prepared by the multi-discipline staff team.  The planning process will take into account public access, site assets, and constraints while evaluating alternatives to determine the best possible options.  Once the draft master plan is completed, it will be published on this project website and presented to the community at a public comment meeting.  Public comments on the draft plan can be presented at this meeting or in various other ways during the 30 day public comment period following the public comment meeting.  As the plan process progresses, updates will be provided to the community on the status of the proposed park master plan.

More information on the Master Plan process can be found by visiting the Park Planning and Development homepage.

Comments can be provided throughout the process by email to: parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov

The Park Authority will post public meetings presentations, summaries and other relevant materials to this website.


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