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Sully Woodlands Draft Conceptual Development Plans

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Final Draft Sully Woodlands Core Properties Conceptual Development Plans are Available for Public Review and Comment

Thank you for your interest in the Sully Woodlands Core Properties CDP development. The final draft conceptual development plans are now available for public review and comment. Revisions were made to the draft plans based on public input, guidance from the project team, and direction from Park Authority directors and board members.

Final draft conceptual development plans for the Sully Woodlands Core Properties have been developed for public review and comment. Core properties include Hickory Forest Park, Poplar Ford Park, Elklick Preserve, and Mountain Road District Park. Future park use planning for the added Sappington site, located south of Elklick Preserve, and the Sully Woodlands Trail Plan are also included in this planning process.

Public comments were collected at a public meeting on October 1, 2014 and will be accepted through December 1, 2014. Comments can be e-mailed to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or mailed to Fairfax County Park Authority, Attn: Pat Rosend, Planning and Development Division, 12055 Government Center Parkway, 4th floor, Fairfax, Virginia 22035.

All of the proposed plans are available on this project website.

Located on the Fairfax County's western edge, Sully Woodlands is the Park Authority's largest assemblage of parkland that is rich with natural and cultural resources. While most of the land will be managed for resource protection, trails, recreation and special uses are also planned throughout the region. The Sully Woodlands Core Properties initial open house meeting was held April 2, 2014. The meeting included a presentation with an overview of Sully Woodlands Master Plan and the Core Properties Draft Conceptual Plans. Displays for each of the Core Property Plans and the Sully Woodlands Trail Plan were exhibited with staff present to provide additional information. After the presentation, the public was invited to review each project station, ask questions and provide comments about the drafts and future uses. The Park Authority accepted comments through May 30, 2014 for the four draft conceptual plans and input on future park uses and facilities suitable for the Sappington property. A summary of those comments is available online.


Expand Hickory Forest Park

Hickory Forest Park  This 97-acre park is recommended to be primarily a managed forest site with designated trails, including accessible trails and trail heads.  A small local park area adjacent to a residential community is also planned. Specific uses within the local park should be determined in coordination with neighborhood input.
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ExpandPoplar Ford Park

Poplar Ford Park This 535-acre park is located south of Bull Run Post Office Road and along the frontage of Bull Run. Manassas Battlefield National Park is located across the stream from the park. The park contains a variety of cultural and natural resources and protecting and interpreting these resources will be the primary use at this park. An extensive multi-use trail network is envisioned for the site with cultural and natural resource interpretation to be located throughout the park. A special use area to allow for model airplane flying was established in 2008 under an interim use agreement and is planned to continue. The park entrance zone is located and sized to allow for vehicle access to the park including horse trailers. The park entrance zone is envisioned to serve as a gateway for experiencing the Sully Woodlands area and may include signage, kiosks, interpretive features and/or a small shelter.
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ExpandElklick Preserve

Elklick Preserve At 1,463 acres, the Elklick Preserve is the largest park in Sully Woodlands. This park is the location of a state-managed woodlands and is a prime example of a diabase forest in the Fairfax County. The primary use of this significant preserve will be for natural and cultural resource protection with a comprehensive trail network connecting the site to the other parks in the region. A special use area is proposed on the northern portion of the site for a Stewardship Education Center or Outdoor classroom. A managed open space is recommended for the northern most portion of the site along Braddock Road.
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ExpandMountain Road District Park

Mountain Road District Park The draft CDP for this 200 acre park envisions a full service district park with lighted athletic fields, a basketball complex, group picnic area, a flexible open space suitable for permitted uses and events, a maintenance facility, an accessible trails network and extensive natural resource protection.
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ExpandSappington Farms

Sappington Property The 170-acre Sappington parcel was added to Sully Woodlands in 2010 and is located east of Bull Run Post Office Road and adjacent to Elklick Preserve. Planning for this site will include two steps:  development of general land use zones and a draft CDP depicting more specific uses and facilities. An existing conditions map has been prepared to inform public input on the future development at Sappington.
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ExpandSully Woodlands Trail Plan

Sully Woodlands Trail Plan The focus on trails planning as a primary development feature in Sully Woodlands is intended to connect the many parks and provide public recreation access to this wealth of parkland in Sully Woodlands.  An integrated and connected trail network will provide opportunities for study and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources and physical access for outdoor enjoyment, maintenance and stewardship of the parkland.  These trails will also link to the existing county trails plan and transportation network providing a hierarchy of trail experiences for mobility and recreation.  This Sully Woodlands Trails Plan identifies near and long-term opportunities to build trails and create the network for Sully Woodlands.  Trail alignments are conceptual and will be field located and aligned when implemented and added to officially maintained park trails.  
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Download Sully Woodlands Trail Plan Map >>

ExpandSully Woodlands Regional Master Plan Background

Sully Woodlands Regional Master Plan Sully Woodlands is comprised of over 4,000 acres of parkland that aligns with the geography of the Bull Run and Cub Run Watersheds in the far western portion of Fairfax County.  Established parks in Sully Woodlands total almost 2,250 acres that include Sully Historic Site, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and Historic Centreville Park, among others.  In addition, Sully Woodlands includes a large parkland assemblage of more than 2,000 acres referred to as the “Core Properties”.

The Sully Woodlands Regional Master Plan (SWRMP) was approved by the Park Authority Board in September, 2006. This regional plan was developed to comprehensively plan the future land use and stewardship for a grouping of parks and parkland totaling over 4,000 acres in the western portion of the county. The SWRMP included high level land use recommendations that depict regional and community serving recreation zones, resource stewardship zones and special use zones. 
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ExpandCreating Core Property Conceptual Development Plans

Core Property Conceptual Development PlanSubsequent to the approval of the SWRMP, the Park Authority Board officially adopted park names and boundaries for the Sully Woodlands Core Properties into four parks on January 28, 2009:  Hickory Forest Park; Poplar Ford Park; Elklick Preserve; and Mountain Road District Park.  

A SWRMP priority recommendation is to develop conceptual development plans (CDP) for the core properties.  CDPs graphically depict general locations of proposed park uses and facilities within each of the core parks.  The project of creating the CDPs for these four parks will include public participation to help inform the Park Authority in the future use at these parks.
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