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Public Comment Meeting For Riverbend Park Master Plan Set

Riverbend Boulders Gravel BarsThe Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public comment meeting to discuss revisions to the master plan for Riverbend Park. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Great Falls Grange located at 9818 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. This meeting continues the planning process to revise the master plan for Riverbend Park, located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street, in Great Falls. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed until Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the same time and location.

At the meeting, the plan will be presented and public input on the draft plan will be heard. Interested individuals and organizations are urged to attend the public comment meeting. If you would like to speak at the public comment meeting or would like more information, please call Judy Pedersen, Public Information Officer for the Park Authority at 703-324-8662 or via email at Parkmail. Speakers may also sign up at the meeting. The meeting will be followed by a 30-day public comment period to allow additional public input.

Riverbend’s current master plan was approved in 1975. This plan has guided the park’s uses and development for the last 40 years. As with many park master plans of that era, the plan consists of a simple graphic conceptual plan representing the approved planned uses. Management of the significant natural and cultural resources is guided by the Natural Resource Management Plan as well as the Cultural Resource Management Plan. Together, the 1975 Master Plan and the resource management plans contain background information that will inform the master plan revision. The master planning process will engage park stakeholders through its public participation process and will assist the Park Authority in determining appropriate uses and facilities within the park.

Using community input, in addition to site background and management guidance, a draft master plan will be prepared. As the process progresses, updates and status reports will be provided to the community on the project webpage.

For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

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