Blake Lane Park School Site
Blake Lane Park has an active Invasive Management Area site, protecting native habitats
What is the future of Blake Lane Park?
April 9, 2019:
Congressman Gerry Connolly has strongly weighed in on the side of preserving Blake Lane Park. This may perhaps be taken as a decisive factor in favor of retaining the park. Will Towers Park, the alternate site, now also need citizen protection from conversion?
Congressman Connolly's Letter
Blue Virginia article on this and other Fairfax County parks in jeopardy.
January 16, 2019:
The public meeting conducted by Fairfax County Public Schools on the proposed school at Blake Lane Park was heated, to say the least, with an estimated 150 members of the public attending, nearly all expressing strong opposition.
Memo describing meeting | Letter from Save Blake Lane Park | Article in Blue Virginia | Analysis from Friends of Nottoway | Urban Moms & Dads Forum | Sierra Club Newsletter Fairfax Times article
Blake Lane Park, 10 acres in size, is in Oakton at the northern extent of the Accotink Creek watershed. The park is about half wooded and half open playing fields. The property was aquired decades ago for a school that was never built. The Park Authority was put in charge of managing the property, but ownership was never transfered. The official name of the park "Blake Lane School Site" perhaps foretold its future.
In late 2018, the announcement came that the school envisioned long ago was now needed and the park was to be no more. Neighbors who make use of the park are understandably reluctant to give it up and any loss of natural habitat is something to be avoided.
How unfortunate it is that two worthy needs, parks and schools, should be in opposition this way. The neighbors have formed Save Blake Lane Park and are seeking signatures on their petition to preserve the park.
Inside NOVA article
Blake Lane Park is near Oakton High School
Alternate site would sacrifice a portion of Towers Park, near Fairfax Circle