The following text was sent out via email on August 24, 2023. Sign up for PEC email alerts →
I am writing today to provide a quick update on Mickie Gordon Park.
Loudoun County Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Community Services has announced it will hold the first of two community workshops on future improvements to the park on Aug. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Middleburg Community Center.
The workshops will include a presentation on existing conditions and the opportunity for input on future recreational elements at Mickie Gordon. Attendees will participate in breakout sessions with staff members who will gather input on recommended future improvements.
Residents can also submit comments or questions by email or by mail to the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, ATTN: Mickie Gordon Memorial Park, PO Box 7800, Leesburg, VA 20177.
Since our prior email alert in July, the County has paused the development application and will not hold a Planning Commission public hearing in September. Instead, the Department intends to revise the proposal for Mickie Gordon Park based on community input and share those revisions with the public before moving forward. This is your opportunity to put forward a positive vision for Mickie Gordon Memorial Park!
Keep in mind that the Comprehensive Plan states that new public facilities should be designed: 1) to be functional and efficient to persons with diverse abilities, 2) to reflect the physical character of the surrounding community, and 3) to maximize the broader social and cultural role the facility can play in the community.
Tell Loudoun staff what you’d like to see in the park given the rural character of the surroundings, its history, and the community’s needs. Below are a few questions to get you thinking and help you advocate for the features that you think will best serve the community:
- Should the entrance, parking and frontage of the park remain gravel so traffic speeds remain compatible with walking, biking and horseback riding?
- What types of active recreation activities does the community desire?
- Given that rural lighting should be minimal and carefully managed in rural areas like this, what kind of playing fields and courts would be appropriate?
- Should there be a place for informal games, picnicking, and passive community use?
- How should the park preserve and enhance wildlife habitat?
We encourage everyone to come out and share how you and your family would like to use this park so it can be a place for community building.
I hope to see you at the meeting on the 31st!
Loudoun Land Use Field Representative
(540) 347-2334 x7040