The latest happenings at the parks

A new park in South Run, carousel closure at Lake Accotink, comments sought on Fairfax park master plan and more changes at Northern Virginia parks.

South Run playground / Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Park Authority

As part of a $3.5 million renovation, the men’s and women’s locker rooms at Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center are currently closed, as are the wellness and boxing rooms. The fitness rooms and gymnastics center are now open to the public, and an open house is scheduled Sept. 16 from noon-3 p.m.

A new playground opens Sept. 16 at South Run and will feature a playground, tot lots, sun shading and an upgraded ADA-accessible route. The $42,000 project also updated sidewalks, shade structures, benches and fencing.

The Lake Accotink Park carousel is closing for the rest of the year due to needed repairs.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is taking a look at the Great Parks, Great Communities Parks and Recreation System Master Plan and is asking the public to get involved. Comments are being accepted online until Sept. 22.

Nottoway Park’s million-dollar stream restoration project begins this month. The project will stabilize more than 450 linear feet of stream channel to reduce erosion and also will focus on the removal of invasive plants and replanting of native trees, shrubs and herbaceous vegetation. The portion of the trail adjacent to Courthouse Road will temporarily be closed during the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of February 2018.

Great Falls Nike Park is updating one of the fields to synthetic turf along with a new trail, lighting, drainage and other improvements. The project cost $1.3 million and was paid for by The Great Falls Soccer Club, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and Fairfax County Park Authority.

Arlington is in discussions about revamping the Arlington Bike Master Plan and wants feedback on what it should consider to improve mobility, safety and convenience. The survey is available online until Sept. 22.

The Potomack Lakes Sportsplex debuted two revamped fields at the 47-acre campus. The fields were suffering from drainage issues causing loss of use. The project cost $250,000 and was paid for through donations from 39 HCAA business members and came at no cost to taxpayers.

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