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Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan Revision


Fairfax County Park Authority hosted a public information meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at South Lake High School to discuss the revision of the Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan.

The Park Authority invites the public to lend its voice to the decision-making process. Submit your comments via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or use the comment box on this webpage.

We welcome your thoughts and questions on the draft plan.

Check back for project updates.

Expand Learn more about Lake Fairfax Park

Lake Fairfax Park serves as a countywide park and provides a diverse mix of recreational facilities and natural areas across its 482 acre expanse to serve the county’s residents. The purpose of this master plan revision is to determine how best to incorporate newly acquired acreage and determined needs into the overall plan for Lake Fairfax Park. Located in the Hunter Mill Supervisory District at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston, Virginia, the park includes:

  • A 20-acre lake with fishing and boat rentals
  • The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole
  • Athletic Fields
  • Pavilions and Picnic Areas with Grills
  • Carousel
  • Skatepark
  • Tent and RV campgrounds
  • Playground
  • Trails
  • Restrooms

Lake Fairfax Park also contains acres of wooded areas for hiking and wildlife. Forest types vary in age from old field with emerging Virginia pines to chestnut oak and white oak forests over a hundred years old. The forested area is complemented by the presence of Colvin Run and the lake. Whereas the main stem of Colvin Run has suffered from increased storm water runoff from upstream development, a recently completed stream restoration project has sought to restore the integrity of this resource.

The property was originally used as a dairy farm in the early 1900s and in 1958 a dam was erected by the property owner to form the 20 acre lake we enjoy today. The Park Authority initially acquired a 292 acre parcel in 1966 and then a 129 acre parcel in 1972 from Inez Thew Hill to make up the majority of acreage at Lake Fairfax Park. Over the last several decades the Park Authority acquired additional parcels including three parcels more recently along Hunter Mill Road, bringing the total park area to 481.64 acres.

Expand Learn more about the Planning Process


Like the population of Fairfax County, the demand for park and recreation options to serve county residents continues to grow. In order to meet the demand of the community for places to recreate, while at the same time protecting and preserving the county’s precious natural and cultural resources, the Park Authority has established the park master plan process to guide future improvements and changes to park property and facilities.

What is a Park Master Plan?

A park master plan establishes a long-range vision of future park uses and features and is specific to a given park. Framed by Park Authority and Fairfax County policies, a park master plan integrates a detailed knowledge of the individual park conditions with the desires of the community to provide a document that will guide and inform future uses within that park. Public input is a critical component in the development of a park master plan.

What is the typical planning process?


At the start of the planning process, a staff team is assembled with broad areas of expertise to develop a well-informed, balanced perspective on the park. The master plan team hosts a public meeting to share information about the park, providing an opportunity to introduce the project and park details, and to carefully listen to the community’s input on the future of the park. Park users, neighbors and stakeholders are notified and encouraged to share their insights throughout the planning process.

The master plan team develops a draft concept plan for the park, incorporating the community’s input. Once a draft plan is prepared, it is published on the project webpage for public review and comment. An additional public comment meeting is held to present the draft master plan to the community and listen to the community’s feedback.

The community’s comments are carefully considered and the draft plan is adjusted as needed. While not all individual preferences can be accommodated, the Park Authority strives to provide a fair process and a balanced park network that addresses a variety of needs and issues.

Following public comment and plan adjustments, a final version of the park master plan is presented to the Park Authority Board for approval. Plan implementation requires that capital funding be allocated to more detailed design, engineering and construction. Capital funding is typically provided by voter approved park general obligation bonds or other sources of alternative funding such as development proffers or donations.

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Meeting Presentations and Notes

November 1, 2017 Public Information Meeting

Planning Documents and Maps

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