To recommend next steps for both near-term and long-term action regarding the future of the Green Acres property, and to ensure that the community’s needs are fulfilled to the greatest extent possible.
The committee will take into account the City’s current and future needs including, but not limited to, education, recreation and services, and will consider ideas to satisfy those needs by renovating, rebuilding or relocating the facility, or by combining these options to achieve the best result for City residents
Site Evaluation Study
|The City did site evaluations of the three city owned properties identified in the Green Acres Feasibility Study final report as possible locations for a community center. Click on the images to the right and below to view the Community Center Site Evaluation Study and the plans and renderings for each of the three sites.||
Click on the report cover image to view the final report.
Presentations from Meetings
Click on the image links below to view the presentations given on those dates.
The Green Acres Center is a former elementary school located on 10 acres at the southern tip of the City of Fairfax. The 41,000-square foot building was built as Green Acres Elementary School in 1961, and served as a school until 2000. Since that time, the building has hosted many City functions, and now serves as a community center and is home to the Main Street Child Development Center, the City’s Senior Center, an exercise room, and many rentable rooms available for private rentals as well as city-sponsored classes. The Center’s grounds hold four athletic fields, a playground, basketball courts, and a bocce/horseshoes court.
The building itself is in need of significant repairs. Prior to undertaking such repairs, it is important to examine the Center’s usage and the City’s needs in terms of services and parks and recreation offerings, and determine how the City can best meet those needs. To accomplish that goal, the committee is looking at the following options for the Green Acres site’s future:
- Continued use as a community center;
- Expanded/renovated use at its current location;
- Moving the current uses elsewhere in the City;
- Using the Green Acres site differently in the future.
All options will take into account the needs of City of Fairfax Public Schools, which has an option to use the Green Acres site for a future school should that become necessary.
Green Acres Feasibility Committee Members
Carolyn Pitches (alternate)
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB)
|George Mason University||
Tom Calhoun (alternate)
Jane Albro (alternate)
Brooke Hardin - Planning
Cathy Salgado - Parks & Recreation
Peter Noonan - Schools
Eric Forman - Planning
|Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC)||Mike Cosgrove|
Areas of Focus
The Committee has two major areas of focus – Uses and Locations:
- Uses: What are desired / complementary uses for a community center like Green Acres? What works at the current Green Acres Center, and what could be improved upon.
- Locations: Benefits & drawbacks for various locations for all current Green Acres uses: Current location, downtown, other properties, etc.
The Committee will provide guidance to the City Council regarding options for the future of the Green Acres Center. The Committee is on track to present its findings and guidance to the City Council in the Spring of 2016.