Contributing Writer: Team SFMC | Image: rvanews.com
The rise of urbanization in Fairfax County has increased the need for more parks. The plan to build more parks was amended into the County’s Comprehensive Plan back in May 2013. The county hopes that these parks will bring community members together.
There are five different urban parks: pocket parks, common green, civic plaza, recreation focused parks, and linear parks. These parks satisfy different needs. For example, pocket parks are small open spaces intended for small social interactions. Pocket parks can either be hardscape or lawn. It can also include visual attractions such as art work. Common green parks are larger parks where people can host several activities at once. Civic plazas are hardscape open areas located near roads or intersections. Its open landscape can allows open markets, festivals, and other events to be hosted there. Recreation focused parks will have amenities such as fields, playgrounds, and dog parks. The last type of park is the linear park. This type of park is long and narrow and can be found in high interest parts of the County.