FCPA Director John Dargle will meet with area residents on Sept. 20.
Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Director John Dargle will hold a Listening Forum in the Springfield District at Hidden Pond Nature Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. According to the FCPA, Dargle will host an informal conversation about park-related concerns and issues. Residents are invited to exchange ideas and discuss possibilities. The forums are held throughout Fairfax County to "share thoughts and concerns and exchange ideas." Items of specific interest to Springfield District residents include the Burke Lake dam project and its effect on park users, and the November 6 Park Bond referendum which, if approved, would provide $75 million for park capital improvements.
Construction on the dam is set to begin in September and last several months.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), the state agency responsible for maintaining Lake Burke, will begin required work on the dam in September in order to meet new state standards. Work is expected to last several months. The Fairfax County Park Authority reports VDGIF is currently notifying neighbors regarding the impacts and effects of the rehabilitation project. "The Park Authority is working closely with VDGIF to assess its impact on park activities and to ensure that wherever possible, public access continues," said Judy Pederson, Park Authority (FCPA) Public Information officer, in a press release. At this time, the Park Authority and VDGIF report: Repairs are required to bring the dam into compliance with …