The Fairfax County Park Authority concluded a successful year in which
land acquisition was a key factor. The Park Authority is the largest
landholder in Northern Virginia, managing 23,168 acres of parkland,
woodlands and open space. Land acquisition is accomplished through park
bonds, donations, land transfers and proffers.
The Park Authority worked closely with the Fairfax County Board of
Supervisors to complete the transfer of numerous properties throughout
Fairfax County in 2011. Included in this significant transfer of land
were properties at existing parks as well as land that increased the size
of several existing parks and stream valleys. Parcels include the 13-acre
Lake Braddock Park, a 10.5 acre and a 3.4 acre addition to Greenway
Heights, a 24.4 acre addition to Spring Hill, transfer of the 60-acre
Baron Cameron Park, the addition of five parcels, totaling nearly 25
acres to Accotink Stream Valley, the addition of approximately 76 acres
to Huntley Meadows Park, a 13-acre addition to Backlick Stream Valley,
the addition of over half an acre to Scotts Run Stream Valley, transfer
of the 32-acre Lincoln Lewis Vannoy Park, and the 13-acre Fairfax Park,
as well as the addition of 2.5 acres to Historic Centreville Park.
Other acquisitions and dedications completed in 2011 include Arrowbrook
Wetlands Park, a 10- acre park that consists of a pond, wetlands area,
trails, and an elevated wooden walkway and gazebo that extends over the
pond, the Enyedi property which is a 1.5 acre addition to Old Colchester
Park and Preserve, and Mount Eagle Park, a 12-acre park located in the
Mount Vernon District.
Public agencies own approximately 39,000 acres of the 252,800 acres
which comprise Fairfax County or approximately 15.3% of the total land
area. The Fairfax County Park Authority owns approximately 60% of this
total, or over 9% of the total land area.
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