Monday, June 24, 2013

Over 500 acres of new parkland!

The graphic above shows the new park properties that have been added, or are near completion, over the last few years. Part of our Strategic Plan calls on the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to "acquire lans and facilities with national or regional significance throug fee ownership, lease, use agreement or other methods." I believe that acquireing new areas of parkland is one of the most important missions of any park agency. We exist to provide public open space and facilities, to enhanse the value of the whole area.

With many of our sites having historical significance or being regional attractions we also play an important role in our tourism economy. The jurisidictions of Northern Virginia are all generate significat tax revenue from tourism. The underpinning of this large segment of our economy are tourist destinations, and that is what we provide through significant and unique parks.

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