Funding, Land Swap Boost Veterans Park Plans

The future of Veterans Park is far more certain today, thanks to recent actions by both the Leesburg Town Council and Loudoun Board of Supervisors.

Long lingering on the town’s Capital Improvements Program wish list, with no funding in sight, the development of a new 86-acre park adjacent to the Balls Bluff Regional Park got a boost with a $4 million allocation in fiscal year 2021 from the county government to help with design and construction.

Acquired by the town in 2000, the land is a wooded area with hiking trails, but a master plan envisions a new access road, parking, a Potomac River boat launch, picnic areas, park pavilions, a mountain bike trail, a disc golf course, and a visitors’ center.

Council members also recently approved a land swap with the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority, which manages the Ball’s Bluff Regional Park. According to a staff report, NVRPA purchased a historic property known as the Jackson House as an addition to its Ball’s Bluff holdings. A portion of the town’s Veterans Park is located between the Jackson House property and the Ball’s Bluff Park tract. NVRPA reached out to the town for an exchange of leased land, or a land swap, to allow for the connectivity of its parkland to the Jackson House property. In exchange, Leesburg will receive six acres of land within Ball’s Bluff Park, providing the town with developable space on both sides of its existing park road that leads to the Potomac River. The staff report notes that the potential exists for the Jackson House property to be used as a visitor’s center for both parks.

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A marker along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail through Veterans Park in Leesburg.

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