AHCA Virginia Highlands Park Committee

February 4, 2016 |

Funding is already in place for design replacement of the west side of VHP, with construction anticipated in 2017–2018. The County is expected to allocate funds to redo the two softball fields along Joyce St. With so much of VHP dedicated to recreational fields and courts, now is the time to consider whether the west side should be redeveloped so that it benefits all residents.

An AHCA subcommittee has drafted a proposal to restore balance to VHP by transforming the west side into a vibrant public park with creatively designed open green space. The vision is a park that would accommodate the broad constituency represented in our diverse and rapidly growing population, and would benefit the neighborhood and the County in a multitude of ways.

This is not a proposal for a specific park design. It is to replace the exclusive softball fields on the west side with a different sort of community park.

2016-03-07_11-10-35_AM The full proposal, including suggestions and images of what might be included is available here:


AHCA voted to support this proposal at its Feb. 10 meeting. The AHCA will reach out to our sister civic associations, other interested groups, the Parks Department, and the County Board to build support for it.

This information was also posted on the Aurora Highlands Nextdoor group at https://aurorahighlandsva.nextdoor.com for discussion. Please also feel free to contact the committee chair or any other AHCA officer with feedback.

[Edited March 7 to include final report version and indicate AHCA member vote.]

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