Thank You - 87% Voted YES for the 2016 Park Bond.
Fairfax County voters approved a $107 million bond on the November 8th, 2016 ballot that includes $94.7 million for the Fairfax County Park Authority and $12.3 million for Nova Parks. It was the 13th consecutive Park Bond approved by county voters, dating back to the first $4 million bond in 1959.
“This vote was a reflection of the community’s continued support for our award-winning park system,” said Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon. “Our 2015 Needs Assessment survey indicated that 87% of Fairfax County residents use our 425 parks regularly, a finding way above the 79% national average. With this in mind, I believe that voters consistently value the many benefits our park system provides.”
Funds from the 2016 bond will be used to fund improvements in four different categories: park renovations and upgrades, natural and cultural resource stewardship, land acquisition and open space preservation, and new park development. Projects will include critical system-wide upgrades for playgrounds, roofs, lighting and irrigation systems, picnic shelters and infrastructure. Renovation and restoration projects are planned for nature centers, RECenters and historic sites.
Funds for land acquisition will be used to expand parks, protect resources, and enhance park services in underserved areas of the county. Bond money will also be dedicated to building new athletic facilities, adding picnic and parking facilities at existing parks, and developing a new local park.
The project list balances priority needs, reinvestment in aging facilities, investments in land, natural and cultural resource protection, advancement of phased projects and improving the park experience for Fairfax County’s 1.1 million residents.
Fairfax County’s Park Authority administers more than 23,000 acres of parkland. Its broad range of facilities and programs offer residents opportunities for play, picnics, walking, jogging and hiking, sports of all sorts, health and fitness, golf, camping, ice skating, skateboarding, boating, archeology, and exploration at a working farm, public gardens and historic sites.
Sincere appreciation is extended to Fairfax County voters and The Green Team for enriching your parks by supporting the Park Bond!
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