SAVE

Blake Lane Park

FROM DESTRUCTION!!

Enrich quality of life for all members of the community through an enduring park system that provides a healthy environment, preserves natural and cultural heritage, offers inspiring recreational experiences, and promotes healthy lifestyles.
Park Authority Mission Statement

Pictures say more than a thousand words... 

Keep Blake Lane Park alive!

Blake Lane Park should remain a Park and nothing else

SAVE BLAKE LANE PARK and Dog Park!

 This park has been offering its natural beauty to the community for over 30 years!
 Blake Lane Park is a well-maintained Park and habitat of many wildlife species. 
 
 We as a community are raising our concerns of losing our only green space in our area and potential increase of traffic by adding another elementary school with 800 (!!!) students. 
 
 We are not against schools, but we are against sacrificing of our beloved neighborhood park and dog park for such a purpose.
 
 This park serves the community, and is a tranquility for the surrounding condos, townhouses and houses. We love seeing kids and adults playing soccer, frisbee or just relaxing on the grass, working out or walking their dogs.
 This Park is the jewel of our neighborhood and it should remain a park and nothing else.
 

Here are more reasons why

THE FACTS: 

IMPACT OF CONSTRUCTION FOR NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON BLAKE LANE

Impact of traffic congestion

The ongoing expansion of Oakton High School and the high number of commuters already on the road will only be made worse if we add new elementary school employees, parents and school buses to haul 800 kids to their new school site on Blake Lane Park. More slow speed school buses and more cars will be added to the already congested Blake Lane traffic. Not to mention, the speed reduction from 35 to 25 miles per hour in effect due to the school zone will only slow things down further. The Blake Lane and Jermantown road corridors are already crowded as a result of routes I66 and 123. The high density buildings near the Vienna metro, newly developing Fairfax Circle, and existing high density buildings surrounding this area are only contributing to an already very overcrowded area.

Will we need a traffic light?

While people may live close to the metro, on the weekends they are in their cars driving places, such as parks and dog parks, to get in touch with nature. It's wonderful to not have to drive 30 minutes to find such an escape!
 

No improvements to public transportation to accommodate the additional residents

So far no additional public transportation is planned.

Loss of home value

Based on Comparative Market Analysis (CMA), proximity to a school can reduce the value of a property up to 10%. It is important for resale as well as properties near a school take longer to sell on average. 

Negative effect on quality of life of the Oakton Communities: 
Adding noise and traffic pollution 

Heavy traffic, including idling of cars and buses. The arrival and departure of loud diesel school buses twice a day. Bright lights at night.

Make the air healthier by cutting down on hazardous pollution in your town or community. Idling tailpipes spew out the same pollutants as moving cars. These pollutants have been linked to serious human illnesses including asthma, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and cancer.

Help the environment. For every 10 minutes your engine is off, you'll prevent one pound of carbon dioxide from being released (carbon dioxide is the primary contributor to global warming). An EDF report shows that in New York City alone, idling cars and trucks produce 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year. To offset this amount of global warming pollution, we would need to plant an area the size of Manhattan with trees every single year.

Source: https://www.edf.org/attention-drivers-turn-your-idling-engines

Loss of green space for recreation and pure enjoyment

Blake Lane Park is the only green space for the Oakton communities, locked in between route I-66 and route 123.

Great Parks = Great Communities

Local Parks serve surrounding neighborhoods and communities and offer a variety of local-serving recreation opportunities, such as playgrounds, trails, athletic facilities, picnic areas and natural areas. Typically these parks are designed to serve up to a 3 mile radius depending on the facilities and can range from 2 to 50 acres in size. Local parks may be urban or suburban in character. Urban parks (including pocket parks, civic plazas and common greens) are a type of local-serving park that are generally more compact and located within an urban or transit-oriented setting. These parks generally consist of high quality design and construction, are well integrated into surrounding development, uses and the public realm and primarily serve to define local urban character, support outdoor enjoyment, social gatherings, recreation needs and special events. These parks may be privately or publicly owned and are usually privately maintained.

Source: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sites/parks/files/assets/documents/plandev/gpgc_fairfax.pdf

Loss of Dog park

Dog owners of all the Oakton communities are able to walk their dogs to an off-leash dog park, where they can enjoy the surrounding nature, breathe in fresh air, and recharge while their dogs are having a blast.

(https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/3131) 

Did you know....

Providence Report

A school will be built "near" Blake Lane Park (page 11)
The Architect will be hired by November 2018
Elementary school shall accommodate 800 students!

Blake Lane Park is adjacent to a tributary of Accotink Creek

According to the Accotink Creek Watershed Management Plan initiated by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES), the strategy should: • Preserve pristine areas from development or degradation • Restore areas with limited impairment to expand wildlife populations • Restore areas that are highly impaired due to specific and treatable factors.

See “The Accotink Creek Watershed Management Plan initiated by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES).”
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/

Parks & Recreation Systems Master Plan 2017

The implications for parks and recreation should include: “Importance of natural capital and habitat restoration and maintenance” so as “Improved natural areas, balance stewardship and recreation and resident education about the environment and resilience”.

Blake Lane Park is a school site (?) 

The school board argues that the Blake Lane Park is a school zone. Please note that the park was initially a site for an elementary school but in 2006 the Fairfax County Public Schools system was turned over to Fairfax County as a part of a quid pro quo for an additional $150 million in funding. All these years the park’s fields have also been used as a playground for students of nearby schools and the residents of the neighborhoods. Its leash-free section is simply adored by dogs and their owners.

Volunteers are cleaning up Blake Lane Park

The Park Authority’s Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program will hold four work sessions on Sept. 22 at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site in Great Falls, Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Va., Blake Lane Park in Oakton, Va., and Royal Lake Park in Fairfax, Va. To join one of those workdays, see the IMA Calendar at or call 703-324-8661 or 703-324-6525. 

More information about the parks and the volunteer opportunities around National Public Lands Day can be found here.

Protect the habitat of our precious Wildlife

Blake Lane Park is called "home" for so many species. Blake Lane Park is essential to our neighborhood and communities.

Just as growing communities need to upgrade and expand their built infrastructure of roads, sewers, and utilities, they also need to upgrade and expand their green infrastructure, the interconnected system of green spaces that conserves natural ecosystem values and functions, sustains clear air and water, and provides a wide array of benefits to people and wildlife. Green infrastructure is a community's natural life support system, the ecological framework needed for environmental and economic sustainability.

The importance of Trees

6 Ways Urban Trees Make You More Active Outdoors

Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives

Spending time outdoors in nature is not only fun, but it’s therapeutic and rejuvenating. Time spent in nature improves your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Residents who live in greener communities are three times more likely to be physically active and 40 percent less likely to be overweight than those living in less green settings.

To kick-off National Exercise with your Child Week, we’re sharing 6 ways trees lure you outdoors and make you want to stay there.

How to Save a Tree

Trees are critical for healthy and vibrant communities. Planting trees helps make cities clean and green, but protecting the trees we already have may be even more important: large mature trees provide many more benefits than smaller young trees.

Research shows that mature trees capture more carbon, filter more particulate matter to reduce air pollution, capture more stormwater, create shade to mitigate the impact of urban heat islands and reduce energy use, and many other environmental and health benefits.

About Linda Smyth

Linda Smyth has served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 2004.


Guidelines for Public School Facilities 

Please take some time to review the Guidelines of sizing and outdoor areas for a Elementary School.
Are 10 acres really enough to accommodate 800 students? What about the fencing and possible traffic light?