As we wrote about last summer, a large 7 acre property near Idylwood Towers in Falls Church was donated to the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) by Dr Lily Ruckstuhl in 2008. NVCT then transferred the property at a bargain price to the Fairfax County Park Authority.
Currently the property has three homes on it (in addition to a swimming pool.) It is expected that all the homes will be demolished with the cleanup scheduled to start this summer (not all the homes are vacant at this point.) After the cleanup has been completed the county will start developing the public master plan. the site will be mowed but kept mostly in a natural state until the master plan is completed. The master plan process for the park is not likely to commence for one to two years according to Fairfax County.
The park will not be a high-intensity park (no sports fields and the like.) The conditions of the trust that was created won’t allow for that and those kind of amenities aren’t really necessary. There is already another park within walking distance that has sports fields of all types. The park will probably have things more like wildflower meadows, winding walking paths, some benches and trees and plants conducive to attracting wildlife. If it is successful, the park will be a great place to go to sit down with a book, watch bluebirds and butterflies and forget about a hectic life for a few hours!
Another possible benefit to the community is the potential of a community garden beneath the power-line easement up against I-66. Whole Foods has expressed interest in an arrangement where any leftover produce is sold in their store. The main channel for selling the produce would be a small farmers market when the produce is in season.
Access and parking at the park will likely be on Dunford Drive. There is already somewhat of a parking area at the end of that road so could be there – or parking may be put closer to Idylwood Rd. Sidewalks and access to the park will surely be addressed as part of the master plan – we’ll just have to wait a few years until it all comes together.