Doves Landing Park, with three miles of multi-use trails, is now open to the public for outdoor recreation.
Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe said opening the county-owned, 235-acre park in Bristow was a part of an "aggressive" effort by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors to provide open spaces and park lands for county residents.
A recent ribbon cutting ceremony followed a morning of volunteer work to clean up and extend the trails and to plant landscaping around the park's brand new entrance sign. Nohe thanked the volunteers who came out and helped. "This is really an extremely exciting day for me, and I think for everyone in Prince William County."
Prince William Board of County Supervisor Chairman Corey Stewart said volunteer work plays a large part in establishing the parks and open spaces. "These are the kinds of things where a dollar of county money is greatly multiplied by the work of the community."
The park is located at 9305 Doves Lane in Bristow and sits at the confluence of Broad Run and Cedar Run. Prince William County has owned the land since the 1990s when the county bought it from a developer who planned a large development there.
"This is a unique opportunity in Prince William County to establish an entirely resourced-based park – a place where families can go on a hike, a place where … classes can come out and learn about the natural environment," said Nohe.
Zoe Vitter, president of the Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition, which organized the work during the park's opening day, said the park was a gem. "The trail system here is phenomenal. It is really a jewel in this county."
John Anderson, a 30-year county resident who lives near the park, helped with landscaping and said the park helped save a "significant" area of the county. Anderson said he tries to walk a couple of miles every day and the park offered a place of respite. "Something like this gives me a natural place. I can go in and… find some peace and quiet. What a beautiful place to do it. Prince William County has gone through a lot of changes over the 30 years I've been here. Now everything has grown out and if we can preserve some of the wooded land and waterfront land … that will be there forever, that's what really counts."