What Kind of Parks Do We Want in Fairfax?

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will have a meeting on April 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in the Herrity Building at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, on their needs assessment study findings. At the meeting, attendees can visit information stations to learn more about the study and the FCPA capital improvement plan. 

FCPA says this:  “The Needs Assessment Study is a process of considering park and recreation needs, trends, and preferences. It relies on research, information gathering, surveys, and data analysis. The results of the study help the Park Authority better understand customer needs from a park and recreation system and how to best balance and prioritize those needs across the County. . .  As part of the study, a statistically valid survey was conducted, natural and cultural cost assessment reports were completed, and facility assessments were prepared. Using information gathered, service level standards were reviewed and confirmed, and a 10-year Capital Improvement Plan for park and recreation facilities has been drafted. Information on all these elements will be available at the Open House.”

Here is one finding, among many:

“Willingness to Fund with County Tax Dollars: Based on the sum of respondents top

four most willing actions, 45% indicated they would be willing to expand/renovate

walking/biking trails and connect existing trails with county tax dollars. Other actions

households are most willing to fund with tax dollars include: purchase land to preserve

open space and natural areas (40%), upgrade/renovate existing park buildings and

facilities (31%), restore/maintain natural areas (31%), and purchase land for passive recreational uses (28%).”

For more information, visit click here or call 703-324-8662.