Stafford’s New Park Takes Name from Embrey Mill Development
STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — A new park and recreational facilities for Stafford residents is being built just west of Courthouse Road and I-95 on 50 acres of undeveloped property adjacent to the up-and-coming Embrey Mill housing development.
Stafford County identified $21 million in funds for the development of the park; a ”rectangular multi sport field complex,” and an $11 million swimming facility.
“What prompted the [construction of the park] was that we had a voter referendum in 2009, which identified this combination of facilities to be a priority for Stafford residents,” said Deputy County Administrator for Stafford County Keith Dayton.
The complex will include 11 fields, which can be used for soccer, football, lacrosse and a multiple number of athletic activities, according to Dayton. In addition to the outdoor facilities, a 76,000 square foot indoor recreation center will be constructed, with 3 pools, exercise, aerobic and weight features, as well as classroom space.
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The naming process of this park was meant to help connect residents to Stafford’s past, and their growing future, with large developments like Embrey Mill being constructed.
“Embrey Mill is a site for a mill – a historical mill – it is also the name for the very large development that’s being constructed in that same area [as the park]. The Embrey name and the Embrey Mills name has a long term significance in Stafford County, and is also a good identifying location, because of the size of the development,” said Dayton.
The park is scheduled for an opening in the Spring of 2015.