As Fairfax County looks to deal with their overcrowded schools problem, one of the options they are considering is building on Blake Lane Park, and U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly who represents Virginia’s 11th district is letting his thoughts be known.
While the county has put the plan on hold for a year, it didn’t stop Congressman Connolly to write a letter to Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova and Fairfax County Superintendent Scott Breabrand urging them to not even consider getting rid of the park. He wrote that Blake Lane Park is one of the last open green spaces in the section of the county and on top of that, bringing a school there could increase traffic in that area.
School board representative of the Providence district, Dalia Palchik says parks are not the solution to overcrowding schools.
“I want to support protecting our park, I also want to make sure we are protecting all of our parks. We have 800 trailers being used as classrooms now and I dont think that’s acceptable. I also think that we need to partner with our county representatives to help locate sites that are not parks,” said Dalia Palchik, FCPS Providence District representative.
The next closest off leash dog park is about 10 miles away from the Blake Lane Park.