Plans for Downtown Splash Pad on Hold in Leesburg

Plans to build a public fountain feature in downtown Leesburg remains in limbo.

The Town Council has halted work on the splash pad project, initially set to be constructed in Mervin Jackson Park alongside the Town Hall parking garage. Last week, council members discussed the Board of Architectural Review’s concerns about the project’s appropriateness in the Old & Historic District.

Board members urged council to review the project in the context of a broader master plan for the entire area surrounding Town Hall.

Council members last week appeared split on how best to proceed with the project. Some council members have stated their opposition to the splash pad in the first place, citing its $300,000 price tag, as well as the proposed location set just off busy Loudoun Street. Supporters, like Mayor David Butler who initially proposed the project, view it as an enhancement to draw people to the downtown, particularly families with children.

In the end, council members instructed the BAR to vote on the project, as Monday’s BAR meeting also served as the end of the 75-day window for the board to take action on the project.

As expected, board members present Monday night unanimously voted to deny the Certificate of Appropriateness for the project. The town staff is expected to come back to the council shortly with a timeline of how long it will take to pull together a master plan.

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