Burke Lake Golf Center’s Clubhouse is now open, plus another place for kids to play

From construction projects to public hearings, here’s the latest happenings at the parks.

Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Park Authority

Work on the Burke Lake Golf Center began back in June 2016 and on Dec. 13, 2017, the last phase of the $6.6 million project came to an end with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 4,200-square-foot clubhouse, which features an updated pro shop, kitchen, dining area, expanded menu and a patio on the clubhouse’s northeast side—situated as such so that it’s not too hot to dine outdoors during summer—is now open.

Lee District Park has added another space for kids to play. Along Chessie’s Trail, a project costing $1.2 million, little ones will find interactive elements such as spinning rocks, a sidewalk with animal tracks, a stone abacus, wildlife figures and more.

Dewey’s Creek stream restoration efforts have begun and will continue until the project’s winter 2018 completion. According to What’s Up Dumfries, having secured $1 million from the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, the project will reinforce creek banks with stone and coconut fiber matting and restore riffles (shallow parts of the stream) and pools, in turn reducing erosion and supporting the area’s ecosystem.

At a Dec. 13 hearing, the public will be able to weigh in on Virginia Fusion Park, a proposed 4.48-acre lighted outdoor soccer facility located on the west side of Briarfield Lane.

In an attempt to update it’s 2005 Public Spaces Master Plan, multiple public meetings  have been held throughout Arlington County—a Dec. 1 gathering addressed land acquisition while another on Dec. 6 discussed using synthetic turf and lights to expand area fields. The next topic to be talked about on Dec. 14 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. concerns tree canopies, natural resources and open space.

The Fairfax County Park Authority invites locals to walk and talk with them about the Mount Vernon District Park Master Plan on Dec. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. While taking in their physical surroundings, the public will be able to learn about potential improvements.

Through the Resident Curator Program, Steven McCullough will be moving into Lorton’s historic Stempson House. McCullough will live in the home rent-free, but will be responsible for rehabilitating the house and allowing the public to visit. McCullough will keep track of his renovations on his blog.