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Speak Out: How Do You Think Salona Park Should Be Developed?

The Salona Park Task Force is trying to figure out what to do with 10 acres that are permitted to be used for limited recreational activities.

The Salona Park Task Force hosted a meeting at the McLean Community Center on Thursday night asking the community for feedback on how the land should be developed.

Many, many residents turned out to cast their vote. One attendee told Patch she had never seen the McLean Community Center so crowded before.

A spokeswoman for the task force told Patch on Friday afternoon that the comments had not been calculated yet. There were hundreds of votes cast in both ballot boxes.

In case you didn't get an opportunity to attend, here's your chance to speak out about future plans for Salona Park.

Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Juan Aguilar October 06, 2012 at 11:05 AM
The Salona Park Task Force has been presented with thousands of signatures, both online (http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-support-fields-for-youth-sports-at-salona-park) and on paper from members of the community interested in making sure that the taxpayer investment of $16,000,000 is used as intended and includes an area for rectangular playing fields, along with trails, a Meadow Restoration Area, a dog park, and an Agricultural & Educational area. It would be a real shame if, after nearly two years, the Salona Park Task Force returned recommendations to the Supervisor and Park Authority not substantially different than what was called for in the Draft Master Plan (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/Downloads/SalonaParkDraftMasterPlan2010.pdf). I'm surprised to hear Thursday night's meeting being referred to as a vote since the procedures necessary to carry out a balloting were not planned for or observed. McLean Youth Soccer came out in good numbers to show support for fields at Salona. Unfortunately, the voices of many members may go unrecorded given the byzantine process that the task force chose to use to solicit public opinion. In speaking to neighbors, some brought up concerns that have fallen on deaf ears. Turning left out of Buchanan during traffic can be a dangerous proposition. A traffic light at that intersection is something to which VDOT should give stronger reconsideration along with reconfigured access into Park parking off on 123.
s glaser October 06, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I and others who have been in contact with the planning committee in support of the one and only dog park in mclean were not informed about any vote being held on 10/4. the long-awaited dog park is necessary for residents who don't have massive yards and who want to socialize their dogs in a safe environment without having to drive to arlington, falls church and dc. it would be a shame if, after all the input solicited and provided in good faith over the past few years, an impromptu vote trumped it all. mclean needs an offleash area and salona village is a perfect solution.
Ron Baumgarten October 07, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I attended the meeting this Thursday and will be blogging about it in the near future. As I have said before, here and elsewhere, it is vital that any plans for Salona comport with the historical importance of the property. There are a multitude of ways to ensure that history is preserved in a respectful, intelligent way while at the same time providing recreational opportunities to area residents. A taxpayer investment for historic preservation is just as worthy of one for athletic fields and dog parks. I surely hope that this piece of property survives intact, without uses that detract from its importance as a local, regional, and national historical treasure. For more detailed comments, see this blog post, which contains my written comments to the county: http://dclawyeronthecivilwar.blogspot.com/2010/11/preserving-salona.html
Missy Stockton October 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
It seems that converting a "brownfield" to playing fields and a dog park would be more appropriate than using this pristine, historical land. I agree that the community should benefit from the property but I think the benefit should be in keeping with the historical and environmental value of Salona. How amazing is it that Salona is still "as is" in the 21st century, and so close to D.C.?
Ron Baumgarten October 09, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Missy--I couldn't agree with you more. By the way, here is a link to my blog post on the meeting. I offer a few more thoughts on the future of the park as well: http://dclawyeronthecivilwar.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-future-of-salona-preserving-local.html Ron
Amy Wellbornclaybornmd@aol.com October 10, 2012 at 12:48 AM
We need more athletic fields that are turfed and lit. We have families from not only McLean, but Arlington and Great Falls who join our soccer/football/lacrosse/field hockey, etc, teams. Either turf and light the fields we have or use the Solana space to do just that. The space can be used for a dog park as well.
Amy Wellbornclaybornmd@aol.com October 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Sorry that we could not come out last Thurs. I was at work as an ER nurse, while my husband just made it home for our kids. He is a community-designated, orthopedic surgeon. I say this just to show that the residents of McLean are working not just for their own interests. We strive for our area to be the best for everyone.
Missy Stockton October 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Amy-I believe the proposed fields cannot be lighted.

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