Green Acres building
aerial of Green Acres
playground at Green Acres
bocce court at Green Acres
Green Acres gymnasium
senior center at Green Acres

Green Acres Feasibility Study

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City Council established the Green Acres Feasibility Study Committee to examine the future of the City’s Green Acres Center, and the many services currently provided at the Center.

Mission Statement

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. 

Community Center Study - Site Evaluation Study Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SITE 01 - CITY HALL CAMPUS

SITE 02- VAN DYCK PARK AND SHERWOOD/POLICE PROPERTY

SITE 03 - PROVIDENCE PARK

 Community Center Study - Site 01  Community Center Study - Site 02  Community Center Study - Site 03

       

Final Report

Click on the report cover image to view the final report.

Front cover of Green Acres Feasibility Study

 

Presentations from Meetings

Click on the image links below to view the presentations given on those dates.

ppt 2015-05-06 ppt 2015-07-15 ppt 2015-09-09
ppt 2015-10-07 a

ppt 2015-10-07 b

ppt 2015-11-12
ppt GAFS USES FINANCES First slide of presentation given on June 28 2016 to City Council

Background

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

 City Council 

 Michael DeMarco

 Janice Miller

   Planning  Commission 

 Tom Armstrong

 School Board

 Toby Sorensen

 Carolyn Pitches (alternate)

 

 Parks and  Recreation Advisory  Board (PRAB)

  Jon Stehle
 Citizen  Representatives

 Deb Mullan

 Dan Phillips

 Sarah Ross

   George Mason  University

 Cathy Pinskey

 Tom Calhoun (alternate)

 Senior Center

 Jane Woods

 Jane Albro (alternate)

   City Staff

 Brooke Hardin - Planning

 Cathy Salgado - Parks &  Recreation 

 Peter Noonan - Schools

 Eric FormanPlanning

 Fairfax Police Youth  Club (FPYC)  Mike Cosgrove   

Areas of Focus

The Committee has two major areas of focus – Uses and Locations:

  1. 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.
  2. Locations: Benefits & drawbacks for various locations for all current Green Acres uses: Current location, downtown, other properties, etc.

Timeline

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. 

Questions?

If you have any questions or comments, please email Eric Forman in Community Development & Planning or Cathy Salgado, Director of Parks & Recreation.