With Boddye Securing Master Plan Funding, Former Water Treatment Site is Poised for Transformation
More than 100 people braved the elements to attend a Mid-County Civic Association (Midco) “Almost-First DayHike” at 5901 Davis Ford Road in Manassas, VA. The event celebrated Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye securing $125,000 for master planning, the next step in transforming this former water treatment facility into 58 acres of primarily passive-use parkland near the Occoquan Reservoir.
“Securing funding for the master plan puts us closer than we’ve ever been to adding parkland in an area that is sorely lacking in publicly accessible greenspace,” said Boddye, who initiated the funding request in December 2023.“It was gratifying to take in the natural beauty of the land alongside community members. The hike was made even more special by those who shared the history of the area, highlighting cultural and natural resources and providing insight into what the park could one day become.”
“It was great to see the huge turnout, showing hoMw important this park is to folks,” said Midco President Martin Jeter. “Now, the hard work begins: working with Supervisor Boddye, the other County board members, the Parks Department, and residents to get the park open to visitors.”
Early plans for the park call for trails winding through mature trees and possibly past a historic home site, with a potential trail connection to the McCoart Building. Supervisor Boddye said that there will be a number of opportunities for public engagement as planning begins in earnest.
“I look forward to engaging with community members in the months ahead as we create a vision for a destination passive-use park in the heart of the Davis Ford corridor community,” said Boddye. “A special kudos to Martin Jeter and his team at MidCounty Civic Association for organizing the hike and for their years of advocacy for this project.”