This week, Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks unveiled plans that could change the way we relax and recharge in Ashburn: a huge park bordering the Beaverdam Reservoir, complete with docks, a boardwalk, a pavilion, several shelter houses, walking paths and and 8-mile hiking trail circling the reservoir.
The new park would be situated behind the baseball fields at the intersection where Belmont Ridge turns as it meets Northstar. It would include 200 parking places and facilities for area rowing groups, including several high school rowing clubs, that use the reservoir for practice.
If you haven’t seen the Beaverdam Reservoir recently, go take a look. You won’t believe your eyes. The large manmade lake has been completely drained while they upgrade the dam the controls water flow into it. It looks like a barren moonscape. If you look closely, you can see remnants of the old Mount Hope road and bridge that once crossed Beaverdam Creek before the reservoir covered them up in the early 1970s.
Preliminary timelines call for construction to begin in late 2018 with the first phase of the new park opening in 2019.