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Fairfax County, Virginia

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Jai Cole,
Executive Director

Park Board Approves Revision to Clemyjontri Park Master Plan

Clemyjontri ParkThe Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a revision to the Clemyjontri Park Master Plan at its regular meeting on Jan. 12, 2022.

The 18-acre park, a gift from philanthropist Adele Lebowitz has developed into a regional destination for families of all ages, but most notably children with special needs. The park features a unique playground, where children of all abilities can play side-by-side. The name Clemyjontri was derived from Mrs. Lebowitz’s four children: Carolyn (Cl), Emily (emy), John (jon) and Petrina (tri).

The original master plan, approved in 2002, envisioned development of the park in three phases. The first two phases have been developed and include a large accessible playground, parking areas, storm water management facilities and perimeter trails. The third phase includes preservation of the existing home and surrounding gardens for ceremonies and social uses.

Park Authority planning staff revised the undeveloped Phase III “house and gardens area” of the original master plan to include an alternative development option. This option includes development of a new arts center, or similar use. Located in the heart of the park, this conceptual center could further arts and educational opportunities by providing new spaces for galleries, studios and classrooms. Such a facility would provide a creative space for the community integrated into Clemyjontri Park. Additionally, the alternative concept envisions reuse and redevelopment of the existing home, gardens, social spaces, outdoor classrooms, a rentable gazebo, additional parking and public art to enhance the trail experience.

A public meeting was held in December 2020 to acquaint the community with the park planning process, the master planning schedule and a conceptual development plan. Following a 30-day public comment period, staff refined the draft master plan. An additional public comment meeting occurred on Oct. 28, 2021, in which Park Authority staff shared a summary of the draft report and conceptual development plan (CDP). Following a 30-day public comment period, during which community input was considered, the revised master plan was published.

Approval of the revised master plan, which includes an Alternative Development Option, envisions potential opportunities in Clemyjontri Park that expand the program for a potential arts center, or similar use, in a manner that preserves the goals of the original master plan.

For more information, please visit the Clemyjontri Park Master Plan Revision website; or contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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