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Answers Sought on Park Delay

By Potomac Local News October 4, 2012 9:02 am

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POTOMAC DISTRICT PARK 

UPDATE 

A construction contract for Fuller Heights Park could be awarded by Jan. 1, according to a Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman.

If construction of the park remains on track, the park facilities could be open as soon as 2013. Four little league baseball fields and a large rectangular field should open one year later after grass grows on them.

The park is slated to have a playground, basketball courts, walking trails, a concession building and restroom, stated the spokeswoman.

Prince William Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan

Prince William Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan

ORIGINAL POST

TRIANGLE, Va. – A delay in construction on a planned park in Triangle has drawn ire from an elected leader.

On Tuesday, the Supervisor said she demanded answers from a not always so responsive county parks department on why the project has been delayed.

Caddigan said she has penned newsletters to her constituents in her Potomac Magasterial District, which includes Dumfries, telling them of the coming park and its scheduled opening date scheduled sometime next year.

Caddigan said the park could be on track to opening in 2013, but decisions on whether or not to use grass seed or sod for the playing fields at the park could determine when they open. The fields are scheduled to open in 2014, according to county documents.

Prince William County Executive Melissa Peacor told Caddigan she would report back to her on the cost of using grass seed vs. using sod.

Fuller Heights Park is expected to cost $4.5 million to build and about $3 million to operate between 2013 and 2018. The park will be located at Fuller Heights and Old Triangle roads outside the main entrance of Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Construction of the park was approved by voters during a bond referendum in 2006.