Public Meeting Set to Present 2012 Park Bond
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority held a joint public comment meeting on July 9, 2012. This meeting provided an opportunity for residents to learn about plans for a bond referendum this fall and to comment on the bond program highlights. A summary of the public comments from the meeting can be accessed here.
In May, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized a $75 million Park Bond referendum as part of the Fiscal Year 2013 through 2017 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). This referendum, if approved by voters this fall, would provide $12 million for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and $63 million for the Fairfax County Park Authority.
The Fairfax County Park Authority has worked hard to create a balanced approach to capital improvements. Using the Needs Assessment 10-year capital plan, facility condition assessments, park master plans, the Strategic Plan and stakeholder input as tools for project selection, the allocation of park bonds would fall into three categories: stewardship and land acquisition, facility renovations, and park development. The project list balances priority needs, reinvestment in aging facilities, advancement of phased projects and improving the park experience.
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority utilizes a similar approach to allocating park bond funds, taking into account user needs, the capital improvement program, the strategic plan and existing facility conditions.
The public may also submit written comments to the Park Authority at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927 Fairfax, VA 22035-1118 or at Parkmail.
To submit comments to the Regional Park Authority write to 5400 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 or email@example.com. All comments will be taken until August 10, 2012.