Parks and Recreation Planning and Construction
Providing Modern and Safe Facilities
The Planning and Construction Division develops new parks and athletic facilities, enhances existing park sites and manages annual major maintenance projects to ensure current facilities provide safe and quality recreational experiences. The division also develops and maintains the Geographic Information System [GIS] for the park system. Parks and facilities are built, maintained and enhanced following guidance from the department master plan (PDF) and in accordance with the county Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Projects in Progress
Installation of lighting on rectangular field to open summer 2024 and construction of sprayground/splash pad to open late summer 2024.
Construction is underway for a combination of lighted cricket pitch and sports fields, walking trail and restroom/picnic shelter to open early fall 2024. Installation of playground and sprayground/splash pad to open summer 2025.
Cogbill Community Park
Construction of phase I facilities of neighborhood park to include court games, playground, open play area, trails, restroom and picnic shelters to open late summer 2025.
Renovation of the six-field softball complex including new turf, infields, fencing, circulation/parking, restrooms and conversion of field eight into a stadium-style facility. Renovated fields will open in phases in phases beginning summer 2024.
Falling Creek Park
Installation of ¾ mile trail and improved water access to creek and the river from Ironworks Park to the river to open fall 2024.
New playground and site improvements to open in summer of 2024.
Construction of phase I of neighborhood park to include picnic shelter, playground, open play field, walking trails and community gardens to open summer 2025.
Construction of phase I of neighborhood park to include picnic shelter, open play area, playground, restroom and walking trails to open in spring 2024.
Historic Point of Rocks Park
Development of access road, parking and pathways to historic Strachan House and riverfront walking trails to open in fall of 2024.
Development of picnicking area, shelter, walking trails, restroom, disc golf course and fitness stations to open in fall 2025.
Development of phase I facilities to include lawn area, walking trails and community garden plots to open in spring 2024.
Providence Road Park
Development of 12 space parking and one mile trail loop to open in late fall 2024.
River City Sportsplex
Development of four new lighted turf fields, additional parking, new restroom in front of site, hillside terraced seating area adjacent fields six and nine, shade structures at all fields and community recreation to include gathering area, splashpad, multiple playgrounds, outdoor fitness, and trails. Facilities to open in phases, beginning in fall 2024 and finishing in summer 2025.
The contract for four fields in back and additional parking is scheduled to be awarded at the Board of Supervisors February 2024 meeting.
Roxshire Neighborhood Park Study
Public Comment Review
Public comments (PDF) have been reviewed from the Roxshire Neighborhood Park Survey that closed Feb. 1, 2024. Out of 150 unique responses to the survey, 120 respondents strongly support, nine support, three were neutral or undecided, four opposed, and 14 strongly opposed the proposed park. Further communications about the proposed park will be available by Thursday, Feb. 29.
A community meeting was held at Robious Elementary School on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, to discuss the proposed neighborhood park, which approximately 40 community members attended. Invitations were sent to approximately 850 residents within a 15-minute walk of the proposed park site. Discussion focused on the impact of the park on adjacent residents and the benefits of a close-to-home playground facility and community gathering space. View the community meeting presentation (PDF).
Roxshire neighborhood park conceptual plan.
Community residents provided the following ideas for amenities at the proposed park:
Maintain existing inclusiveness standards
Playground (similar to other county facilities)
Community garden space
Improve existing pavement (only as necessary for maintenance activities)
Seating/benches/picnic tables with sunshades
Dog waste cleanup station
No lights and dawn-to-dusk operating hours
Allow the Roxshire Civic Association’s small shed to sit on county property
Clearly define the site with fencing
Screening/buffer to adjacent residential property
Walk-up (no parking)
No parking signs along Corner Rock in proximity of proposed park
Vehicle access in park limited to maintenance activities and possibly food trucks for community events
Winterpock Area/Beach Road Park
Development of a small parking lot (12 spaces) and two-mile trail loop to open in summer 2024.