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    Default Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan Update - Your feedback needed!

    Lake Fairfax Park is updating its master plan. Send them suggestions on how to make the park better. I'm sure some of you that frequent the park via bike have some suggestions.

    My suggestion is a paved or stone dust trail connecting W&OD with the park. Also instead of updating the campground to make it more friendly to large RVs, make it more friendly to bicycle tourists who already flock to the DC area.

    Enter your comments on this page.

    https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/...ke-fairfax.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFX_Hinterlands View Post
    Lake Fairfax Park is updating its master plan. Send them suggestions on how to make the park better. I'm sure some of you that frequent the park via bike have some suggestions.

    My suggestion is a paved or stone dust trail connecting W&OD with the park. Also instead of updating the campground to make it more friendly to large RVs, make it more friendly to bicycle tourists who already flock to the DC area.

    Enter your comments on this page.

    https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/...ke-fairfax.htm
    I believe I will comment. I'd like to note that I don't see that there's a way to pave a trail to the W&OD without either paving over trails currently used for mountain biking or paving through wooded parkland adjacent to Colvin Run. (Gravel could work, but portions of the trail are steep, and the gravel would like wash out.) Perhaps that's an okay tradeoff in the mind of some; just pointing out that it is a tradeoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    I believe I will comment. I'd like to note that I don't see that there's a way to pave a trail to the W&OD without either paving over trails currently used for mountain biking or paving through wooded parkland adjacent to Colvin Run. (Gravel could work, but portions of the trail are steep, and the gravel would like wash out.) Perhaps that's an okay tradeoff in the mind of some; just pointing out that it is a tradeoff.
    I would discourage you from not suggesting something you'd like to see based on your understanding of what is possible. Engineers can figure stuff out if it's a priority. Sorry just my Product Management background coming out there..

    There are already some wide stone dust trails/fire roads in the park. Why not try to connect them to get park access?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFX_Hinterlands View Post
    My suggestion is a paved or stone dust trail connecting W&OD with the park.
    There are already several connections from the W&OD to the park. Luckily, none of them are paved. Hopefully it stays that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFX_Hinterlands View Post
    I would discourage you from not suggesting something you'd like to see based on your understanding of what is possible. Engineers can figure stuff out if it's a priority. Sorry just my Product Management background coming out there..

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    I did not say I even wanted a paved or stone connection to the W&OD. That's something that some may want, and that's fine. I merely wanted to point out the probable loss of at least a portion of the mountain biking trails, because if anyone is going to comment, I think they should be aware of that issue, no matter which side of the fence they might fall on.

    Portions of the CCT have been paved that previously were not. Whether that is good or bad can be debated. I personally prefer running and hiking on unpaved trails and lament the paving, but that's just me and my use; if folks are looking for a transportation corridor, they may want the trail paved, and that's fine for their use.

    Quote Originally Posted by FFX_Hinterlands View Post
    There are already some wide stone dust trails/fire roads in the park. Why not try to connect them to get park access?
    I had been looking at the map earlier to try to determine the newish neighborhood built adjacent to the park, and if that could be linked up. But it looks like almost any solution would end up routing riders along Hunter Mill Road. Dressage Rd. could avoid that, but is too far into the park to avoid losing trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    I did not say I even wanted a paved or stone connection to the W&OD. That's something that some may want, and that's fine. I merely wanted to point out the probable loss of at least a portion of the mountain biking trails, because if anyone is going to comment, I think they should be aware of that issue, no matter which side of the fence they might fall on.

    Portions of the CCT have been paved that previously were not. Whether that is good or bad can be debated. I personally prefer running and hiking on unpaved trails and lament the paving, but that's just me and my use; if folks are looking for a transportation corridor, they may want the trail paved, and that's fine for their use.



    I had been looking at the map earlier to try to determine the newish neighborhood built adjacent to the park, and if that could be linked up. But it looks like almost any solution would end up routing riders along Hunter Mill Road. Dressage Rd. could avoid that, but is too far into the park to avoid losing trails.
    I have no opinion on Lake Fairfax and will not be commenting on it. Just wanted to point out that when we lived in Annandale, I did use the GCCCT as a through route, mostly for recreation, though I also used it to ride to the FABB Bike summit at GMU. And POTM rode to her part time job at Olam Tikvah on the GCCCT. So I appreciated the paved parts - though neither of us used the section in Wakefield park for transportation. Of course if there were alternative comfortable EW routes in that part of Fairfax, GCCT would be less tempting as a biking route (except for those seeking unpaved)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    I have no opinion on Lake Fairfax and will not be commenting on it. Just wanted to point out that when we lived in Annandale, I did use the GCCCT as a through route, mostly for recreation, though I also used it to ride to the FABB Bike summit at GMU. And POTM rode to her part time job at Olam Tikvah on the GCCCT. So I appreciated the paved parts - though neither of us used the section in Wakefield park for transportation. Of course if there were alternative comfortable EW routes in that part of Fairfax, GCCT would be less tempting as a biking route (except for those seeking unpaved)
    I've no problem with this, of course. People will differ on whether they want trails paved or not depending on their uses and other factors, as is their right.

    For my part, I did comment that I felt the natural areas of LFP were an asset that should be maintained with as little development or paving as possible.

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    Yeah, I'm not entirely happy about the paving of the CCT, but I do understand it (major cycle-friendly routes north to south through that part of Fairfax are few and far between, so that corridor does serve an important need for all cyclists). And for the most part, what was paved wasn't a serious loss singletrack wise.

    Lake Fairfax is a different beast. Connecting it to the W&OD via paving doesn't really serve a major commuting/utility need. I guess the argument is "its easier to ride a bike into the park", but I don't see the point (since probably 99% of the people riding bikes at lake fairfax are MTBers in the first place, so its not like they need or want a paved connection to the W&OD). And connecting into the park doesn't get you anywhere useful (you can exit onto Hunters Mill or Baron Cameron, neither of which are remotely bike friendly).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky View Post
    Lake Fairfax is a different beast. Connecting it to the W&OD via paving doesn't really serve a major commuting/utility need. I guess the argument is "its easier to ride a bike into the park", but I don't see the point (since probably 99% of the people riding bikes at lake fairfax are MTBers in the first place, so its not like they need or want a paved connection to the W&OD). And connecting into the park doesn't get you anywhere useful (you can exit onto Hunters Mill or Baron Cameron, neither of which are remotely bike friendly).
    Oh, I see your logic. Yeah, I'm thinking about getting bike tourists and families from the W&OD up to the campground. The current singletrack trail near the W&OD is not well marked nor promoted from what I can tell.

    Paved/unpaved aside, if there are things that could make the park better for (any kinds of) cyclists, now would also be a good time to ask. They responded the next day to my comment with a "thanks."

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFX_Hinterlands View Post
    Oh, I see your logic. Yeah, I'm thinking about getting bike tourists and families from the W&OD up to the campground. The current singletrack trail near the W&OD is not well marked nor promoted from what I can tell.
    Gotcha. I do see that. I think the issue is that the closest W&OD connection (and favorite parking spot of many people riding the singletrack) isn't actually park property; the Ice Rink lot is private property, and I believe they have resisted a kiosk there in the past. Thats why there is a kiosk on the trail at the bottom of the initial hill from the lot: thats the edge of actual park property. But that doesn't help people looking to get into the park from the W&OD.

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