New Parkland Acquired in Three Districts
The Fairfax County Park Authority acquired several parcels of parkland recently with new properties located in Braddock, Mount Vernon and Springfield Districts. The new acquisitions include donations and property transfers. The seven parcels total just over 32 acres and bring Park Authority land holdings to 23,228 acres.
Five parcels were donated by Mr. John McPherson within the Paul Springs Stream Valley in the Mount Vernon District. The parcels are unimproved Resource Protection Areas within the flood plain and are located adjacent to Paul Spring Parkway. They are located next to existing Park Authority holdings and will increase connectivity within the stream valley park. Total additional acreage at this site is approximately 14 acres.
The former Kings West Swim Club located at 4803 Tapestry Drive in the Braddock District was donated to the Park Authority by the Kings West community. The 8.9-acre property is mostly located within the Resource Protection Area of Rabbit Branch. The land will be returned to its natural state through a cooperative effort between the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) and the Park Authority.
As part of the restoration of the Pohick watershed, DPWES will primarily fund the removal of the existing site improvements, grading of the site to restore the natural stream valley contours, construction of a new trail connection from Tapestry Drive to the existing asphalt trail across Rabbit Branch, and planting of native grasses. Native trees will be planted through a volunteer effort within the community. The demolition work on the former swim club is underway. A ribbon cutting of the new park is in the planning stages and tentatively scheduled for May.
The Lincoln Lewis Vannoy facility in Springfield consists of two properties. The first, a 31 acre parcel was transferred to the Park Authority in 2011, however the second parcel required division prior to transfer as the Board of Supervisors retained 5.2 acres adjacent to Braddock Road. Following this division, 9.5 acres was transferred to the Park Authority. The property is located in the Springfield District at the intersection of Braddock Road and Willow Springs School Road.