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Old Colchester Park and Preserve and Mason Neck West Park

Park Authority Board Approves Master Plans for two Mason Neck area parks:
Old Colchester Park and Preserve and Mason Neck West Park

On May 27, 2015, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to approve master plans for Old Colchester Park and Preserve and Mason Neck West Park, both located on Old Colchester Road in Lorton.  The vision for both of these parks was developed with significant input from the community over the preceding year.  These two parks are distinctly different from each other and offer a variety of experiences for Fairfax County residents.

Mason Neck West Park was originally planned in the 1980s and developed with a focus on active recreation.  New land acquisition provided an opportunity to expand on that theme as well as include more passive recreation elements and community-building features.  The existing ball field and athletic courts will be retained with the addition of several play features, shade and picnic pavilions, and trails.  Retention of the historic Minnick House on the newly acquired property will be a unique facet of this park.

Old Colchester Park and Preserve, on the other hand, is rich in unique natural and cultural resources.  Planned development within this park is limited to primarily provide access to, and interpretation of, the site's resources while protecting those same resources.  The ultimate plan will include areas to view the Occoquan River and chronicling the story of the historic the town of Colchester.

With the master planning process complete, the Park Authority will move forward to seek a determination from the Fairfax County Planning Commission that the park is in conformance with the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan as well as to identify funding sources for future park development.  The Park Authority extends its appreciation to those who took the time to share their vision for both Mason Neck West Park and Old Colchester Park and Preserve, helping to shape the future of these two parks.

Although the public comment period is now closed, please feel free to contact Gayle Hooper, Project Manager, Park Planning Branch, Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 703-324-8725 or through Parkmail with any questions related to the planning of Mason Neck West Park or Old Colchester Park and Preserve.

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