Fairfax County Park Authority Long-Range Master Planning

The Fairfax County Park Authority recently issued this press release which apparently presents a challenge to conservation-minded people.

“The Park Authority is ramping up long range planning efforts to align existing plans and current initiatives with agency goals for the future. This comprehensive park system master planning effort builds on the findings from the Parks Count Needs Assessment that was completed in spring 2016. Through the Needs Assessment and research to date, we learned that the community recognizes the significant role that parks, trails and open spaces play in the quality of life of Fairfax County. We also learned that residents want to see greater financial resources allocated to taking care of existing parks and facilities, an expansion of the trail system, more small community parks, swimming pools and an emphasis on facilities for fitness.

“The Park Authority Master Plan is an important step in sustaining the quality of life that has attracted so many residents and visitors to live, work and play in Fairfax County. With a 10- to 20-year time horizon, the Park Authority Master Plan will guide the agency in meeting community needs for today and the future. A milestone in the master planning process was achieved in December 2016 when the Park Authority Board established guiding principles for the Park Authority Master Plan. Staff and agency leadership will now begin to incorporate existing data into one agency-wide master plan, to ensure consistent, clear direction, and strategic alignment of all elements and existing plans. A draft plan will be prepared for review by the public this summer.

“You can view the guiding principles, the master planning timeline, and other important information about the planning process online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/FCPA-MP.htm.You can also provide feedback on the Park Authority Master Plan and sign-up to receive updates on the progress by visiting the website.

“For more information, contact planner Samantha Hudson at 703-324-8726.

“Web: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/ir004-17.htm”