Salona Park Master Plan
The Park Site
Salona is a privately owned 51-acre historic property with significant natural and cultural features located at 1235 Dolley Madison Boulevard, in McLean in the Dranesville Supervisory District. In 2005, the Park Authority acquired a perpetual conservation easement on a 41-acre portion of the property, which permits a variety of park uses. A Cultural Landscape Report was completed that examines the cultural context of the site and helps inform the planning process and future uses.
The Park Planning Process
The Salona Park Master Plan process seeks to collaborate with the community within the framework of the conservation easement to provide a balance of community recreation, resource protection and interpretation. This process will take into account public input, access, conservation easement provisions, site assets and constraints while evaluating viable alternatives.
The public park master planning process began with a public information meeting held on February 4, 2010. This meeting featured a presentation about the site's current conditions, the conservation easement, the cultural landscape report, potential future uses, and the park master planning process. A public input session was included in the meeting to identify community concerns and suggestions for future park features.
Using the conservation easement provisions, site data and public input from this meeting, the Fairfax County Park Authority prepared a draft master plan for Salona Park. The Salona Park draft master plan focuses on aligning the conservation easement provisions with a balance of recreational and educational opportunities, resource stewardship, and resource interpretation. The draft master plan was published and presented at a public comment meeting on November 17, 2010. Links to the electronic version of the draft plan, meeting presentation and summary and supporting documents are provided in the box to the right.
Salona Task Force Appointed
As part of the process for developing a Master Plan for Salona Park, FCPA has conducted extensive community outreach. Numerous comments, suggestions and proposals on how the park could and should be developed have been received. Because of the extraordinary cultural, historic and natural resource value of the Salona property, the community outreach effort was extended through the appointment of a task force to work with the community and interested stakeholders to identify, evaluate and recommend potential uses for inclusion in the Master Plan for Salona Park. Task force documents and other information will be posted to the Salona Task Force web site with a link provided on this Salona project webpage.
The Task Force began meeting in the fall of 2011 and serves as an advisory body, with its members representing a wide range of public interests. This Task Force expands on efforts to bring the diverse ideas and perspectives of the community into the park planning process, by reaching out to the community to solicit and develop recommendations that can be incorporated into the Master Plan. Recommendations adopted by the Task Force shall seek to reflect the consensus of the community and be consistent with the conservation easement as well as the financial investment made by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and FCPA.
For further information contact Andy Galusha, Project Manager, Park Planning Branch, Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, via firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-324-8755.
The Future Park
Although park planning and the Task Force recommendations should be completed in 2012, no funding is available for plan implementation, including resource management or facility development at Salona Park. Site design, engineering, construction timing and funding are generally 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.