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Vote Yes For Parks and Safety

Voters in Fairfax County will face just two local bond questions, one asking for $25 million for new parks and park maintenance and upgrades, and the other seeking $125 million for a variety of public safety facilities and improvements.

If the referendum is approved, the Fairfax County Park Authority would borrow $10 million to acquire land for parks, $10 million to install synthetic turf on 12 rectangular athletic fields, and $5 million for trail improvements.

It will be money well spent. With open space dwindling in the county, preserving as many acres as possible. With more and more demand on playing fields, transitioning to artificial turf means more use out of the playing fields we have.

The money for public safety improvements is also needed.

Major renovations would consume $100.2 million, for large-scale renovations of the Fair Oaks, McLean and Reston police stations, the Great Falls fire station, and the animal shelter and firefighter academy.

Fourteen million dollars would go to upgrades of 12 public safety facilities while an additional $10.8 million would go toward security enhancements at public safety, civil and criminal justice facilities.

— Mary Kimm