Following months of negotiations and years of planning, the Town of Round Hill’s Sleeter Lake Park is set to open Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The town last week announced that its 11-acre lakefront park would finally open after three months of stumbles in negotiations between the town and The Round Hill Owner’s Association, which oversees the 1,100-home The Villages at Round Hill development and owns the 100-acre lake. The final rules for the park use limit the number of non-gasoline-powered boats that will be permitted on the lake at any one time to 18, prohibit swimming, and set park hours from 7 a.m. to dusk.
“We are thrilled that it will be opening soon,” said Mayor Scott Ramsey.
The park has been in the plans since 1990, when Oak Hill Properties proffered the land to the town for the development of a lakefront park. The proffer also required the town and HOA to agree on rules limiting fishing and boating before the park’s opening.
The town started work on the park last September, with beautification help from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, the Round Hill Outdoors Committee, Girl Scout Daisy Troop 70079 and Cub Scout Pack 961.
Although the town planned for the park to open May 1, the opening was delayed multiple times when an agreement on the rules was not reached. The town and HOA finally came to terms and signed the rules at the end of July.
“We look forward to sharing this treasure with the town and the greater Round Hill community,” HOA President Joe Luppino-Esposito said.
Full copies of the rules will be posted at the park and on the town website at roundhillva.org. An official opening ceremony for the park will be held in mid-September.