Friday, October 9, 2015

Oct. 15 meeting to discuss Cross County Trail in Wakefield Park

Fairfax Park Authority is holding a meeting on a proposal to pave a section of the Cross County Trail in Wakefield Park. The meeting is next Thursday, October 15 at 7pm at Kings Glen Elementary School Cafeteria, 5401 Danbury Forest Drive in Springfield, VA.

The Cross County Trail in Wakefield Park is an important bike route between Little River Turnpike and Braddock Road. The existing trail has a rough, unpaved surface that is difficult to use and maintain. Fairfax Park Authority is proposing to pave that portion of the trail. Some local residents and others are opposing the plan. Some have criticized the paving on the grounds that it creates more impervious surface and that a natural surface trail is better.

The existing compacted gravel trail is considered a semi-impervious surface. After heavy rain the trail can be damaged and become difficult to use. A paved surface would not add significantly to the impervious surface, would be much easier to maintain, and would be preferred by most trail users. Anyone who uses the W&OD Trail knows that most cyclists, runners, and walkers use the paved trail, not the parallel unpaved trail.

If you cannot attend the meeting, send questions or comments to

From the Park Authority:
In response to recommendations and suggestions offered by community members and trail users, the Fairfax County Park Authority is planning trail improvements of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail at Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va. A public meeting to discuss the project will be held at 7 p.m. on October 15, 2015 at Kings Glen Elementary School Cafeteria, which is located at 5401 Danbury Forest Drive in Springfield, VA.

The Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail is one of the most heavily used trails systems in Fairfax County. The Park Authority’s project includes paving approximately 7,800 linear feet of the trail in Wakefield Park between Braddock Road and Americana Park. The proposed route will follow the existing gravel trail, will be approximately eight to ten feet wide, and will be designed to minimize the impact to natural resources contained within the park. The Park Authority’s project team includes environmental and historic resource professionals who will be closely involved in the design process and will work to ensure that any impacts are limited.

For comments or questions about the project, please call Project Manager Bill Boston at 703-324-2710 or send email to

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