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Joseph Hensley Park was originally developed in the late 1970s as part of Cameron Park. When part of the park north of Eisenhower Avenue was leased to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the part south of Eisenhower was renamed for a longtime director of the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, who retired in 1987.

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City Attorney Determines No Impediment to Hensley Lease, But Record Remains Unclear

State officials are still digging through archive to trace federal funds from 1970s.

The history of Hensley Park has become a battlefield in recent weeks, as city leaders clash with opponents of a proposal to hand over open space to a developer who wants to build a sports complex.

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