THE FAIRFAX COUNTY PARK AUTHORITY
IS ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENT
The Fairfax County Park Authority is accepting public comment on the construction of Chessie’s Trail as part of the Family Recreation Area in Lee District Park. The scope of work includes the design and construction of an asphalt trail, a boardwalk and the installation of various interactive features including interpretive displays, and activity areas.
The trail will be designed to complement the existing Family Recreation Area facilities and meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. This project will be an expansion of the existing and planned facilities of the Family Recreation Area, all of which are specifically designed to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. The trail will allow persons of all abilities to experience walking and playing in the woods, and will be designed to include accessible woodland activity and interpretive areas. Interpretive displays will provide educational nodes highlighting elements of forest environments, Native American culture, and the Chesapeake Bay region. Activities and information will be spread throughout the trail, with the trail itself serving as part of the interpretive experience. Changes in grade and surface material will serve to highlight certain interpretive subjects, creating a continuous linear park experience.
The Park Authority has applied for a federal grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to provide a portion of the project cost. As part of the grant application, the Park Authority is required to solicit public input on the use of federal funds to support this project, as well as public input on the trail project itself (such as support for the project, questions or concerns).
Public input on the trail project and grant application should be forwarded to the Fairfax County Park Authority. Public comment will be accepted from now through June 3, 2013. Please direct written comments to David R. Bowden, Director, Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 406, Fairfax, Virginia 22035. You may also e-mall your comments to email@example.com.
For Information about the LWCF grant application, please visit
Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, or contact Fairfax County Park Authority Project Manager Tom McFarland at 703-324-8688.
For more Information about the LWCF, please visit http://www.nps.gov/lwcf/.
If you like running through the sprinkler,
you'll love the Fairfax County Park Authority's
newest attraction – Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee District Park. The fully
accessible complex features Chesapeake
Bay-themed attractions including a spraying
osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent,
misting sunflowers and a lighthouse. The
beach area is quieter with softer bubblers
and interactive water tables. The computerized
water maze and dumping crab basket
provide more lively activity.
The spray park, tree house and a playground for children ages 5 to 12 have been completed and are open to the public. The new playground, known as "Chessie’s Big Backyard," is fully accessible and incorporates slides, swings and other equipment specially designed for use by all children, including those with special needs.