Sterling Boulevard: What’s in a Name?
Are there any better words to hear? Going to the park is automatic relaxation? There’s no wifi in the park, no dishes to wash, no homework to do, no cars to get fixed. It’s just a beautiful place to be.
While parks may seem a luxury, more and more studies are showing that they’re a necessity to a healthy and safe community. When our lives are spent in cars and concrete building, having nature around helps us be healthier and happier. One study looked at patients in a hospital with two different views―one was trees and outdoors, the other a brick wall. Over a ten year period, patients with the nature view recovered quicker and needed less pain medication. Parks also encourage activity, and help us battle obesity, especially in our children, which has led to a rise in everything from heart disease to type II diabetes.
So it’s good news that Sterling is getting a new park of its own. Over near Dulles Town Center, there’s a side road of Old Century Boulevard. Over 7 acres of this is dedicated to a new passive park. This type of park doesn’t have playgrounds or baseball fields, but instead allows visitors to enjoy nature and take a step back from the rush of modern life. The park also incorporates parts of Vestal’s Gap Road, which was an important route during the colonial period running from Alexandria through Loudoun onto Winchester. George Washington used this road often, both before the Revolution, and after, as it was a direct route through the Blue Ridge.
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