Community Comments

yes, WE HAVE A VOICE!

Our Communities have raised concerns about the plans of a Elementary School being built on top of our community BLAKE LANE PARK


SAVE BLAKE LANE PARK!!!!!

Read comments from your community, your neighbors.

Concerned neighbor says:
I have enjoyed Blake Lane park since the late 1970's - Please find another solution to the overcrowding issue (slow down new apartment, condo construction? hello?) instead of removing one of the few green, open spaces left in our area. 

Concerned neighbor says:
 This green space is so important to our neighborhood. The soccer fields, dog park and trees. Isn't there anywhere else it can go that does not disrupt our beautiful park?

Concerned neighbor says:

This is a very difficult traffic area. I live off of Hibbard and already there are times when turning onto Blake Lane is virtually impossible. Mosby Woods ES is a mile away. would it not make more sense to expand the footprint there?


Concerned neighbor says:

There's not enough green space in the county as it is. It's a quality of life issue and we've lost too much of that already. There's also an elementary school right around the corner from there on maple ave that was just expanded and renovated.

Concerned neighbor says: 

There are actually five large schools within a two-mile radius: Oakton Elementary, Mosby Woods (also off Blake Lane), Flint Hill private school, Flint Hill elementary, Oakton High. A sixth -- Providence Elementary -- is a little under three miles. This seems like an awfully high concentration of large schools, which explains mounting traffic delays on Blake, Chain Bridge and Germantown roads. Adding another large school (on a small plot) to this mix is really unwise and short-sighted. Let alone depriving folks of the only green space in the area!

Concerned neighbor says:

I've lived in the immediate neighborhood for 26 years. I was so glad to move into an established community (one not subject to further development). Over the years, with Vienna Metro and the associated development; and time changes to school start times (Oakton HS), Blake Lane has become increasingly congested, ensuring that when the road is even slightly clear, drivers drive in excess of 45 mph between the highs school, Jermantown Road, and Rt. 123. I'm anxious to walk my dog along the road now, fearing for her/our safety as vehicles barrel along. Building an elementary school on Blake Lane will not only take away our green space, it will exacerbate traffic even further (pick up/drop off) and endanger childrens' lives. Flint Hill School is less than a mile away--why do we need another elementary school?


Concerned neighbor says: 
Blake Lane Park is used by sport enthusiasts, sport teams and individuals every day and all year round. It is also popular 
among pet lovers and their dogs. The Blake Lane Park habitat is active and displacement 


Concerned neighbor says:
Even though the project sounds as a really generous impulse but it will be done at the expense of pleasure of people in the area so as at the expense of lives of wild animals living in this habitat and there is a lot of other space suitable for this project in the area.


 Concerned neighbor says: 
Please let Blake Lane park stay where it is!!! we love it so much!

Concerned neighbor says:
Please save Blake Lane Park and Dog Park.  Green spaces are important to the health and happiness of the community.  

 Concerned neighbor says: 
Open space is important for the neighborhood.  Please consider other alternatives to destroying this green space and the wildlife.


Concerned neighbor says:
Don't take our community space away and make traffic worse!


Concerned neighbor says:
We have at least 6 elementary schools in Oakton-Vienna, 4 in Vienna alone. We don't need one more. There more and more children playing soccer and more people enjoying the park every day. Building a new school and creating more traffic is a crazy idea in this place (Blake lane) 

Concerned neighbor says:
Please leave the green space! Along with it helping with water runoff and being a place for kids to play, it is a great place to watch Fairfax H.S. fireworks. Considering how many commuters use Bushman as a cut through to get to the metro, plus the densely packed neighborhoods here, we can not handle the increase in traffic. Not to mention Oakton H.S. and Elementary are within a mile or two. I understand we need more schools for the growing population, however this is not a good spot to build. 

  Concerned neighbor says: 
While I understand the need for a school, is there a way to both build it and keep some of the green space? Blake Lane Park is the only local place I and others feel comfortable bringing our dogs. Other options are overcrowded already or a further drive.

Concerned neighbor says:

Please safe the park, there is a lot of wildlife living there, and we enjoy hanging out in the green space in the summer, and there is even a little sledding slope in the winter. Traffic is already really bad during rush hours, adding school traffic would only extend the congestion we already see on Blake lane with drop-offs at Oakton High School. Please try to find an alternative to a new school, maybe an expansion of the existing elementary schools?  

Concerned neighbor says:

Blake Lane Park is not only a sanctuary for humans, but offers diverse habitats for the variety of wildlife which live there. While walking through the green meadows and forested paths, I have seen foxes, rabbits, deer, squirrels, moles, diverse birdlife, and a host of pollinators and other important insects. Wildlife is already endangered in this area due to our close proximity to the highway and the continuing development of surrounding neighborhoods. Blake Lane Park is the last remaining natural habitat for much of the animal and plant life in this area. Plus, the Blake Lane area is already in the close vicinity of both Oakton and Mosby Woods elementary, which could possibly be expanded instead of creating an entirely new school. Schools can be built almost anywhere, but wild areas like Blake Lane Park take many years to grow and diversify and harbor an array of wildlife. Please save this great green space.

Concerned neighbor says:

I cannot believe that someone is attempting to take the only open field and dog park we have here, while increasing traffic, to make it into an elementary school. This is an outrage! There is another elementary school less than a mile from here on Chain Bridge, not even to mention Flit Hill a few hundred feet away. The additional school will make my commute unbearable while it is already not pleasant. I also would like to mention that Oakton High is less than a mile from here as well. This will congest the roads, the noise level will go up and we won't even have a place to enjoy a nice field, pet or no pet. I have a dog so that is yet another minus for me. I've lived here over a decade and would have never even imagined that someone would convert this green space into anything but a better version of itself. I see organized sports teams and just regular folks utilizing the field all of the time. There are not many places within walking distance to have that experience here. Please stop and desist any efforts to make this gorgeous and preserved slice of land into a yet another concrete parking lot for kid pick-ups and drop-offs. This community deserves to remain with this open space. 

Concerned Neighbor says: 

1. This little park is literally our lungs -- is the fresh air worth the sacrifice? The current Blake Lane Park site isn't large, so if it were developed into a school, most of it would be paved or built over, greatly reducing the amount of green space we currently have. Have you every noticed how much cooler and fresher the air is when you walk by the field?  2. It will most definitely negatively affect the traffic volume in the Blake Lane/Bushman Drive corner -- congestion, more exhaust, erratic traffic pattern of parents picking up the kids from the Kiss and Ride lane ( which I assume would be either on Blake lane or Bushman).  3. Sure, a new school is great for other neighborhoods but don't we already have enough population density in our area? Most of us live in townhouses or apartments -- we can go into our backyards for grass and trees -- this park is one of very, very few parks in our neighborhood. It's just wrong to deprive us, our kids and our pets of this space or make us spend the next few years suffering construction dust and noise!  I honestly don't get what the advantages are for us folks who live in the area? If you want your kids to walk to school, why not start now? Oakton Elementary is a 15-20 minute walk from us (that includes traffic lights on Chain Bridge). Come on, we can surely walk that far, can't we?

 Concerned neighbor says: 
This will damage the tranquility of our neighborhood.  There will be increased traffic and a dramatic loss of the parkland that is used by many soccer groups, neighbors and pets. What kind of studies were done prior to the decision to plop a school on this  green space? WHat kind of alternatives were considered?

Concerned neighbor says:

We purchased our home across the street from Blake Lane Park in part because of the green space, and are extremely concerned about the plan to build a school there.  Certainly the recent expansion of Oakton Elementary School should be adequate. There does not appear to be enough space to build a new school with sufficient parking and a playground at Blake Lane Park.

Concerned neighbor says:
Must we pave every piece of green in Oakton?  Fairfax County must leave the dog park and open park area as is.  There is no other place for children to enjoy nature or participate in sporting events, and Blake Lane itself cannot handle any more traffic in the mornings and evenings.  I implore you to stop with this project NOW.

 Concerned neighbor says: 
Building a new school is meaningful, but keeping this Park is more meaningful. Blake Lane Park is such an integral part of the recreational life of those who live around it. Please save the Park.

Concerned neighbor says:

You just donated MILLIONS remodeling Oakton elementary.  There is NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO where for our little and big kids and our families to play with our children in our neighborhood. There is never a day where there aren’t adults children and older kids playing on the ONLY open grass LEFT IN OAKTON. LEAVE IT ALONE. STOP.  

Concerned neighbor says:

The loss of this park would be terrible for the neighborhoods around it. I live a very short distance from the park and use it regularly. I cannot recall a day that I have gone there when there were not other people there. The dog park itself is a necessity. So many people around the park have dogs but live in townhouses with small backyards. Taking a dog to the park to run and play with other dogs is a great social experience for both the dogs and the people who get to hang out with each other. Add in the use by the young kids soccer teams and other sports-where will they go if this wonderful piece of green space is taken away? The traffic situation on Blake Lane in the morning commuting hours gets worse by the year. Bringing an 800 student elementary school into the mix will make traffic a nightmare as bad as Rt.66 at rush hour. I really do hope that the park can be saved. The loss would be tragic to the community around it.

Concerned neighbor says:

KEEP LAND FREE AND OPEN SPACE .  It is  a relief sight for sore eyes  to have this open space in a   Already Congested area . CHILDREN PLAY   AND RUN FREE HERE . Public POSTING  on  proposed property and NOTCE   PUBLIC NEEDS TO BE INFORMED

Concerned neighbor says:

As a resident living off of Blake Lane, I'd be deeply disappointed to see this area destroyed.  It's a beautiful community feature for soccer teams, dog owners, or simply people in need of a little refreshment.  Building over this would only add to the already nightmarish traffic in the area, and give us one fewer restful place of beauty to feel rejuvenated by.

 Concerned neighbor says:

It would be detrimental to the community and people who enjoy this space to have Blake Lane Park destroyed. Not to mention it would also negatively impact the community by causing additional congestion on Blake Lane. Please find another location to build the school.

 Concerned neighbor says: 

This is a park that serves primarily apartments and townhouses.  Unlike other communities, we don't have the luxury of retreating to our back yards.  We rely on public space to play games and sports.  There is almost no other green space in the neighborhood.  The park acts to cool the the surrounding region--try walking by at night and you immediately feel the temperature drop.    Additionally, local authorities will not be able to stop traffic on Blake Lane for a kiss and ride.  That means Bushman will serve that purpose.  With very few outlets along Bushman, none of which has a stop light, a school is almost certain to increase congestion, leaving residents in the mornings and afternoons with few alternatives to exit the housing communities.  

Concerned neighbor says:

I live near here and the traffic is already horrible. Just thinking about how bad the traffic is going to be with this makes me want to move.

Concerned neighbor says:

I live here and I and my fiance have been contemplating raising children here. The park is something we thought we'd get to use with our children, but if this construction moves forward we'll lose one of the few parks in our immediate neighborhood.

 Concerned neighbor says:

There are two elementary schools and a highway exit to 66 that already cause city-gridlock levels of traffic without the addition of this school. During 7:30-8am, you have the roads full of Oakton High School students, Flint Hill students, Oakton Elementary students, and all the parents that are trying to take Highway 66 to commute into work.  Do you plan to ask the students' parents of this "new elementary school" to appropriate an extra hour of their commute just to make it half a mile one way down Blake Lane in gridlock-level traffic, not to mention another half hour to an hour just to get out? I really don't understand how you plan to add another several hundred vehicles and dozens of school buses to the already gridlocked Blake Lane without absolutely overloading the already deficit infrastructure around this area... Are you going to helicopter drop these elementary school kids to their new campus? Are you going to expand the roads to add 2 more lanes to Blake Lane? What is your plan to deal with the compounded traffic issue that this proposed elementary school will bring on top of the already ridiculous traffic?