The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants that will be used to improve safety at athletic fields at Poplar Tree Park in Chantilly, help restore a meadow at Marie Butler Leven Preserve in McLean, and enhance the equestrian program at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. Action came at the June 27, 2018 meeting of the Park Board.
The Chantilly Youth Association, Inc. (CYA) will receive $10,000 in grant money for fencing at Poplar Tree Park to improve playability on fields 2 and 3. Funds will go toward construction of 20-foot high fencing behind each goal and 10-foot high fencing to complete each endline. CYA said the fencing was needed to prevent soccer balls from being kicked and lacrosse balls from being thrown into the parking lot, playground and woods. There have been concerns about the safety of children who chase after the balls into the parking lot and woods. CYA is contributing $10,000 toward the project. The Fairfax County Park Authority is providing $12,802 in funding, and the grant provides the final $10,000 necessary to complete the project.
Board members also approved a $9,962 grant request from Earth Sangha to restore a 1.25-acre meadow at Marie Butler Leven Preserve that is dominated by invasive grasses. Earth Sangha has already restored a small portion of the meadow, and the grant will be used to restore the remaining meadow area by removing invasive grasses and establishing native grasses. The organization will donate $28,889.38 in plants and in-kind services to complete the project.
In addition, the Board approved a $4,507.50 grant request from the Friends of Frying Pan Park to purchase equestrian jumps for the park. The new jumps and poles will replace existing ones that are old, heavy and larger than needed. Park staff feels the new jumps will address concerns about the difficulty of moving the existing jumps. The Friends group will provide a matching amount of money to meet the projected budget of $9,015.
Since 1999, there have been more than 170 Mastenbrook Grant projects with awards of approximately $1.6 million. The grants have gone toward projects in Fairfax County valued at more than $10.6 million.
For more information, or to apply for a matching grant, visit Mastenbrook Grants or call 703-324-8591.