As we head into the new year, it's natural to pause and look back on the previous one. 2016 saw a lot of interest in the planning of Lake Accotink Park as the Fairfax County Park Authority embarked on reviewing the master plan for this well-loved lakefront park. We hosted an Open House in March, a workshop on Lake Sustainability in May, a Facilities and Programming Workshop in October, and finally a Trails Workshop in December. All of the meetings were well attended and provided valuable input for the master plan.
Busy schedules can make it difficult to attend evening meetings, though. The Park Authority doesn't want a full calendar to limit your opportunity to have input on the master plan. We've posted the presentations from each of the meetings online as well as the workshop questions. If you missed a meeting or are just learning about the project, I hope you will visit the Lake Accotink Park Master Plan Revision project webpage to share your insight and opinion. Respond to the questionnaires online or send your comments to email@example.com. We'll be glad to hear from you.
As far as general project status, we are currently waiting on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to announce its new standard related to sediment in Accotink Creek, which has the potential to influence our recommendations for the park. Once the standard is released, we will develop a draft master plan revision for Lake Accotink Park to share with the community for comment. Currently, that is anticipated for the latter part of 2017. We'll send you a note when it is ready to review.
Best wishes in the new year and thank you for your continued interest and input that will help shape the plan for Lake Accotink Park.
Gayle A. Hooper is a landscape architect and the park planning supervisor for the Fairfax County Park Authority, Park Planning Branch.