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Open Space Preservation

Open space is disappearing. County residents can do something about it.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Open Space Land Preservation Fund in 2001 to give residents a way to take direct, personal action to conserve the county’s shrinking open space.

Air and water quality improve when land is preserved. Open space buffers noise, reduces storm water runoff, provides wildlife habitat and supports recreational activities. Open space also requires limited infrastructure and county services, so it contains the cost of government.

Donors to the Open Space Fund help protect the character of Fairfax County and leave a legacy of open space and parks for future generations. Here are properties the Open Space Fund has already  helped the county purchase:

  • 27.9 acres along Old Colchester Road in Lorton, added to Mason Neck West Park
  • Six acres on Glen Carlyn Road near Seven Corners that will become Boyd and Charlotte Hogge Park
  • Eight and a-half acres along Sideburn Road in Fairfax, added to Woodglen Lake Park
  • Five and a-half acres near the southeast corner of Braddock Road and the Fairfax County Parkway in Fairfax, added to Patriot Park
  • 16 acres along Waples Mill Road in Oakton, added to Waples Mill Meadow Park
  • Four acres along Walney Road in Chantilly, added to Rocky Run Stream Valley Park
  • 238 acres along Bull Run Post Office Road in Centreville, added to Sully Woodlands Park

Because of economic conditions, the Park Authority has a window of opportunity to purchase additional land at bargain prices. A gift today to the Open Space Land Preservation Fund will save more land from development than was possible with the same donation just a few years ago. We believe and hope that the current economic situation won’t last long, so it is essential that we act now.

If you want a part in saving Fairfax County’s open land and natural resources, contribute to the Fairfax County Park Foundation’s Open Space Land Preservation Fund or call 703-324-8581.

The Fairfax County Park Foundation - Working for Your Parks

The Fairfax County Park Foundation is a nonprofit tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation supports the Fairfax County Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet community needs for park land, facilities and services.

Through the foundation, individuals and businesses can make tax-deductible donations of money, securities, land and stock and establish endowments and charitable trusts to preserve the county's natural resources and cultural treasures and to increase healthful recreation opportunities for all county residents.

For more information on the Fairfax County Park Foundation, visit the foundation's website, www.fairfaxparkfoundation.org or call 703-324-8581.

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