The trail location on the land owned by the City of Fairfax between Ranger Road and Chain Bridge Road has been proposed by the Parks & Recreation Board (PRAB) for many years prior to being formally named the George T. Snyder Jr. Trail and Open Space.
George T. Snyder provided extraordinary service to the City as a Civic Leader, serving as a member of the School Board from 1981 to 1983 and as Mayor from 1983 to 1990. George T. Snyder Jr. was a resident of the Mosby Woods Community which is adjacent to this land.
The construction of the George T. Snyder Trail from Plantation Parkway to the rear of Fairfax Blvd Marketplace is just a small portion of the trail to be developed. The entire proposed trail connection runs from the west side of Plantation Parkway, along the south side of the Accotink Creek, heading west through City property and connecting with Route 123. The remaining trail section would remain as proposed and still would need to be designed and built at a later time.
The trail has been proposed primarily due to its location and ability to connect communities, park/open space and the businesses along the Fairfax Blvd corridor. The funding comes from $65,000 in proffer funds from the developer of Fairfax Blvd Market place along with the easement for the trail.
In June of 2008, the Fairfax Blvd Marketplace site plan was approved by City Council which included a proffer for a trail easement and funding to construct a trail for the City.
Given the challenging topography, additional funds were needed to fund the design and construction. Staff applied for, and was awarded, matching grant funds of $65,000 through the VDOT Revenue Sharing Grant Program. No tax dollars are being used for this project.
Construction began in May 2015 and should be completed by the end of July 2015. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the trail will be held in September 2015.
Resident Information Letter - 2015