The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved four Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants at its meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. The funds will go toward trail improvements, a GaGa ball pit, native plantings and a turf field.
The Board granted a $20,000 grant request from Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE) to develop trails in Mount Vernon District Park. MORE has offered to clean up the unsustainable network of social trails in the park by removing and/or rerouting eroding trails and designing and building approximately four miles of multi-use sustainable trails within the park. Most will be natural surface.
Girl Scout Troop 5386 will receive a Mastenbrook grant in the amount of $3,022 for a GaGa ball pit at Petersen Lane Park. The troop requested the funding to purchase and install an ADA-compliant GaGa ball pit to provide another amenity for children to use at the park. GaGa ball is a form of dodge ball.
Board members also approved a $1,202 grant request from Belvedere Elementary School. The school plans to use the money to plant and maintain native understory trees and shrubs in an area of Belvedere Park that faces Columbia Pike. The planting will be done by either small groups of students working in teams with an adult or during a community work day.
Finally, the Board approved a request from the Vienna Little League (VLL) for a $20,000 grant to help fund the installation of synthetic turf at the Nottoway Park diamond field #1. VLL is partnering with the Park Authority on the conversion to synthetic turf to make the field more readily available during and after inclement weather.
Since 1999, there have been more than 180 Mastenbrook Grant projects with awards of approximately $1.7 million. The grants have gone toward projects in Fairfax County valued at more than $11.6 million.
For more information, or to apply for a matching grant, visit online at Mastenbrook Grants or call 703-324-8591.