The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday night approved development plans for a public park at Beaverdam Reservoir and an adjoining property.
In collaboration with Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks, the site will offer visitors a pavilion and several shelters, a boat dock, an eight-mile hiking trail and facilities to offer educational opportunities on water protection. A target opening date has been set for early 2021.
The 71-acre site includes a portion of Beaverdam Reservoir, a 622-acre reservoir owned and managed by Loudoun Water, and the adjacent 370-acre Brambleton Regional Park owned by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Beaverdam Reservoir, a source of local drinking water, was previously used for recreational purposes and predates current zoning requirements, according to county staff. But at the end of 2016, water access to the reservoir was closed to the public to repair the dam and infrastructure. Existing trails surrounding the reservoir and managed by NOVA Parks remain open.
The collaborative proposal is expected to enhance water- and land-based recreational activities, transforming the current offerings into a formal park with accompanying facilities.
The site is bordered by Brambleton Community Park to the east, residential uses to the northeast, the remainder of Beaverdam Reservoir to the northwest and west and Brambleton Regional Park and Golf Course to the south. It can be accessed from an existing driveway from the intersection of Belmont Road and Northstar Boulevard. Gated emergency access would be provided from Alford Road.
Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run), whose Ashburn constituents have long called for more parks, praised the board's move on Facebook late Wednesday.
"This will be a tremendous asset to our community," he said.
Supervisor Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge), whose district includes Beaverdam, said he couldn't be more excited for the project.
"Loudouners will now have yet another park with trails and water accessibility to improve their quality of life," Buffington said.