A New Park in Southeastern Fairfax County

Auduboners can help make a new park a reality, a property known as the Fairchild property on U.S. 1 in southeastern Fairfax County.  To support this park, you can sign the petition posted here:http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-to-the-mount-vernon-supervisor-to.

Auduboners can urge their (1) member of the Board of Supervisors to support creation of a park on the Fairchild property in the Mount Vernon magisterial district as directed by the family that donated the property and (2) member of the Fairfax County Park Authority to accept the property.

Current Status

In 2011, the Fairchild family donated nine acres near U.S. 1 for the expressed purpose of a park. The county has delayed transferring the land to the Park Authority, arguing mostly that the severely eroded stream should be restored and that stream's restoration competes with many other projects.

Arguments for Urging Action  

  • The property was given to Fairfax County for the expressed purpose of becoming a park.
  •  Many species of Northern Virginia birds and wildlife are in decline and much of the area's biodiversity has been lost.  Most county streams are in fair to poor condition.  Creating parks, especially natural resource parks, can provide habitat and contribute to a healthier environment.
  • The Mount Vernon Planning District has the second lowest percentage of county parkland compared with other Fairfax County planning districts.   The Mount Vernon Planning District has the fourth highest percentage of population density compared with other Fairfax County planning districts and this density will increase with new Metro stations planned at Beacon Mall and Hybla Valley.
  • The county should elevate the restoration of this stream on its work plan for stormwater projects.  Two of the county's criteria that make a project a priority are (1) projects that address headwaters and (2) projects on public property. The Fairchild property meets those two criteria.
  • The county is reaching "buildout."  County data show that only six percent of the county’s 260,480 acres is undeveloped.  Few opportunities remain to create a park.
  • Land values, population and demands for services are rising, making future land acquisition by the County for parks difficult.
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