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Trailside Park (photo via Google Maps)

Fairfax County is seeking public input on plans that could put Trailside Park (6000 Trailside Drive) in Springfield in a new light and add more utility to the location.

A new master plan amendment would add field lighting to the eastern-most baseball diamond. The other two at the site are already lit.

The amendment is part of a broader effort to add lights to all fields around the county to increase utility throughout the year.

“The main objective in amending this master plan is to introduce athletic field lighting to all the fields,” the Fairfax County Park Authority said in a release. “The added lighting will allow extended evening use of the diamond fields during the fall and spring months and improve overall safety of the park.”

Tucked away southeast of the I-95/I-495 interchange, Trailside Park already had the baseball diamonds on the field when it was donated to the park authority in 1972, the release said.

Proposed change at Trailside Park (via Fairfax County Park Authority)

Adding lights to fields has been an occasionally contentious process, particularly in neighboring Alexandria. Last week, Fairfax County announced it would try to reduce light pollution in parts of the county.

The change seems unlikely to be as controversial at Trailside Park. As mentioned, two of the fields are already illuminated, and there’s a substantial swath of trees separating the fields from the residential neighborhood to the south.

“The Park Authority is inviting public comment on this proposed plan amendment for a 30-day period beginning Sept. 28, 2022,” the release said. “If you would like to provide comments or feedback, please send these by email to V2323@PUBLICINPUT.COM.”

The Park Authority Board is docketed to discuss the topic at a meeting on Nov. 9.

Photo via Google Maps

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Developer Cityline Partners has proposed turning “Block C2” in Arbor Row into a residential high-rise (via Fairfax County)

With the region’s office market still in flux, the developer behind Arbor Row in central Tysons will bet on housing instead.

Cityline Partners recently submitted a proposal to Fairfax County asking to swap an office building that had previously been approved for the neighborhood’s Block C2 for a residential high-rise with ground-floor retail.

“This proposal to develop Block C2 with a high-rise residential building with ground floor retail/service uses and significant park space will progress Arbor Row into a more complete and vibrant neighborhood,” land use lawyer John McGranahan wrote in a statement of justification on the applicant’s behalf.

Encompassing 19.4 acres along Westpark Drive near Tysons Galleria, the plan for Arbor Row was originally approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2012. It calls for eight blocks of development, including the completed Nouvelle apartments.

Construction is underway on the Monarch condominiums and The Mather, a two-building senior living facility.

Cityline’s current application focuses on Block C2, which was approved to host an 180-foot-tall office building with up to 275,650 square feet of space, including retail and service uses. A public park with an urban plaza and recreational amenities was also envisioned on a portion of the block.

The new proposal retains the public park commitment but replaces the office building with a 23-story, 270-foot-tall residential tower. The high-rise’s 275,650 square feet of space would consist of up to 240 dwelling units and up to 8,500 square feet of ground-floor retail or service uses.

The application estimates that the change to housing will result in 2,070 fewer average daily vehicle trips on weekdays compared to what the offices would’ve generated, so a reduction to the 475 parking spaces in the currently approved plan has been requested.

Under the proposal, Block C2 will deliver 1.8 acres of a 3-acre public park. The remainder is being built as part of The Mather.

While some of the planned amenities remain the same, including an urban plaza facing Westpark Drive, a playground, a lawn area, pavilions and public art, the new application swaps tennis and basketball courts for a large putting green, two pickleball courts, and an “outdoor fitness circuit,” citing increased demand in the county for pickleball.

It also proposes covering a previously open-air parking garage.

“This eliminates an awkward element of the approved plan and creates a more cohesive park plan,” McGranahan wrote. “It also facilitates connections to the public park spaces on [the Monarch and Nouvelle], which previously were blocked from the signature urban park by a tall retaining wall.”

In addition to the public park, the revised development plan includes private terraces for residents and their guests:

On the south side of the building, a pool deck and an amenity area featuring seating areas, outdoor grilling stations and dining elements, and a multi-functional lawn will be provided. On the north side of the building, the lower level roof terrace may provide additional passive outdoor spaces, and/or provide outdoor space for use by a street level retailer/restaurateur.

Though the application was filed by Cityline Partners, developer Renaissance Centro is under contract to buy the 2.9-acre parcel at 7925 Westpark Drive, according to the Washington Business Journal. The Bethesda-based firm is also building the Monarch.

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Capital One’s headquarters and the upcoming “Block A” mixed-use tower provide a backdrop for The Perch (courtesy Capital One Center)

It has been one year since The Perch opened, providing a slice of publicly accessible, recreational space on Capital One’s growing Tysons campus.

To celebrate the first anniversary of its elevated park, Capital One Center announced yesterday (Thursday) that its now-biannual Perchfest will return on Sept. 16-18 — almost one year to the date after the grand opening in 2021.

The three-day festival will feature live music from local artists, mini golf and bocce tournaments, pie-eating contests, community vendors with “specialty treats,” and adoptable puppies from the nonprofit Wolf Trap Animal Rescue.

While the event is free to attend, Capital One Center recommends registering in advance to get alerts and enter into a raffle. Participants are also encouraged to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C., which assists families with sick children and is the fest’s official charity partner.

“We are delighted to celebrate this milestone with our community and Capital One associates,” Capital One Center Manager of Marketing and Community Affairs Meghan Trossen said in a press release. “The openings of The Perch and Perch Putt attracted close to 20,000 guests…and we look forward to hosting another memorable festival and raising awareness and funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities.”

Located 11 stories in the air on top of Capital One Hall, the performing arts venue, The Perch initially opened in August 2021 with a dog park, lawn games, an amphitheater and Starr Hill Biergarten. The park’s second phase was completed this spring, introducing a mini golf course and food trucks.

So far, Perchfest has been tied to key milestones in the park’s development, but Trossen previously told FFXnow that Capital One Center hopes to make it a staple event of every spring and fall.

The music schedule for this fall’s Perchfest is below:

Friday, Sept. 16

  • 4-6:30 p.m. — Sidemen Band
  • 7-10 p.m. — Advanced Party Solutions

Saturday, Sept. 17

  • Noon-2 p.m. — The Dad Guys
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. — Nowhere Men
  • 5-7:30 p.m. — 8 Track Jones
  • 8 p.m.-10:30am Lil’ Maceo with DJ/MC Captain 2nutz

Sunday, Sept. 18

  • Noon-2 p.m. — The Wilson Springs Hotel
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. — Pebble to Pearl Band
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