Countdown to Construction

Countdown to Construction

Groundbreaking to take place within the next few weeks.

Any day now, Ms. Adele Liebowitz will wake up with bulldozers in her front yard.

The final documents have been signed, and as soon as copies of the contractor's insurance papers have been turned in, the earth will begin to move on Clemyjontri Park, designed to be the first park in the area that will allow children with disabilities to play with their non-disabled friends on the same playground.

"Equipment is on it right now. We've received some of the supplies and equipment to build it," said Kevin Fay, Dranesville District Representative to the Fairfax County Park Authority. "We haven't formally finished all the contract deals. The last contract has been signed. Now we're just waiting for the contractor's insurance forms."

"We're expecting to be moving earth within the next week or two," said Judy Pederson, a representative of the Fairfax County Park Foundation, which is overseeing the project.

A small shed was taken down to clear a portion of the land where the park will be built.

"We still need to put up erosion barriers and make the site ready to get bulldozers out there, but we're looking forward to this park getting started as much as anyone," she said.

The park is still expected to be completed by the end of this year, Fay said.

Clemyjontri Park, named after Liebowitz's four children, began with her donation of 18 acres of land to the Park Foundation with the explicit instruction that the land be used to design and build a playground for children with and without disabilities to have a place to play together. Liebowitz has a house on the property where she still lives and is kept up-to-date on the development of the park.