The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a $20,000 Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant to be used toward construction of a new picnic shelter at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Approval came at the Board meeting on May 8, 2019.
Thomas and Elizabeth Chennikara requested that their recent gift of $20,000 to the Fairfax County Park Foundation be designated for the first of two new shelters planned for the park. They requested $20,000 from the Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants Program to help fund completion of the shelter. The Mastenbrook funds will be teamed with $75,000 in park bond funding, $91,457.79 in proffer funds and an additional transfer from the Park Foundation of $35,525. The total project budget is $241,983.
The shelter will be built near the train, carousel, ice cream parlor and parking area. It’s intended to help generate revenue through reservations and respond to the growing need for this type of facility at Burke Lake Park, which receives more than a million visitors each year. Construction of the new shelter is expected to be completed in 2019.
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 online at Mastenbrook Grants or call 703-324-8591.