The Loudoun Board of Supervisors last week approved spending $5 million to build Phase 1 of the Lovettsville Community Park and another $3.3 million to expand Scott Jenkins Memorial Park near Hamilton.
The Lovettsville park is joint project between the town and county governments that dates back well over a decade. The funding approval will finally get dirt moving at the 90-acre park site. Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) pressed for the funding.
“It has been a long time coming but we are finally going to see that great park developed,” Lovettsville Mayor Bobby Zoldos said.
The parkland is mostly in the county, but the town contributed $200,000 to acquire land and has continuously pushed for the project to move forward.
Work has already begun on realignment of the intersection of Milltown and Lovettsville roads to eliminate the blind turn on Lovettsville Road. The project, which also will serve the Lovettsville Community Center that is being renovated and expanded, includes the installation of a stop sign and crosswalk.
The intersection improvements are the key to getting the project moving, Higgins said this week.
The $5 million funding will complete Phase I, including the access road through the park, utilities, construction of three lighted fields and one new ballfield, restrooms, concessions and parking. Phase II likely will cost $3.5-$4 million and will be discussed as the board develops its six-year capital improvements program this spring.
County supervisors also awarded a $3.3 million construction contract to Purcellville-based TMG Construction Corporation to complete Phase II of Jenkins Park. The work includes construction of one soccer field, three small baseball fields, a concession stand, two pavilions, and a parking lot addition providing about 190 parking spaces.
Higgins said the project was important to chip away at the youth sports field shortage in western Loudoun and to meet the commitments made to the Dennis Virts family when land was donated to help recreate the park.