If you live in the Idylwood Road area you may be familiar with the large treed property located at the intersection with Idyl Lane – across the street from Idylwood Towers East and the Brittany Parc Neighborhood. If you paid special attention you may remember seeing an elderly lady getting out of her car to pull her trashcans up the long driveway.
That “elderly lady” was Dr Lily Ruckstuhl who passed at the end of 2008. She was a huge supporter of the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust(NVCT) and wildlife preservation in general. Upon her passing, she bequested the property to NVCT, who very recently transferred it at a bargain price to the Fairfax County Park Authority. NVCT kept a conservation easement to ensure the property is kept relatively natural as per Dr Ruckstuhls’ wishes.
Preliminary plans for the 7 acre park include trails, community gardens and tot lots.