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New park planned for fall 2014 in Stafford

BY KATIE THISDELL

An $18.7 million park in Stafford County is slated to open in fall 2014.

The park at the Embrey Mill development, near the Courthouse Road and I–95 interchange, will host 12 rectangular fields and a privately operated indoor pool and gym.

“We’ve made substantial progress—this is moving very fast,” Deputy County Administrator Keith Dayton told the Stafford Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening.

The project was first discussed in September, as the board worked on plans for using the $29 million parks bond, passed in a 2009 referendum. A lack of sports fields has been a long-running complaint in the county.

“That is just phenomenal work,” said Susan Stimpson, who was selected as the board’s chairwoman for the second year at the beginning of the organizational meeting. George Washington supervisor Bob Thomas will be the vice chairman.

Twelve fields of various sizes will be built on 53 acres for one large park complex, to be paid for by $11.8 million in bond proceeds. Proffers were changed to allow several smaller park sites to be combined into one.

While the number of fields hasn’t changed, the type of fields has during the past few months. Some will be in the U–14 category, which are largest and can accommodate more levels of play. Two longer fields for adult football have been added to the plans.

Construction could start this spring and  be done in fall 2014.

That’s also when the indoor recreation facility is expected to be completed.

While Stafford will be constructing the 60,000-square-foot building, a private company will actually run its operations.

Amenities will include a 50-meter by 25-yard indoor pool, along with a therapeutic pool, exercise rooms, basketball gymnasium and classrooms. Swim meets of all levels can be held in the pool, which will be one of seven of its type in the state.

“It’s laid out very conveniently. There’ll be a lot to offer in this facility,” Dayton said.

The project is budgeted at $6.9 million, coming from capital projects reserve and developer contributions.

Since the pool wasn’t specifically identified in the bond referendum, money from the referendum can’t be used for the project.

The supervisors will hold a special meeting Saturday morning at 7:30 in the ABC Conference Room at the county Government Center to talk about the fiscal 2014 budget.

 

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975

kthisdell@freelancestar.com

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