Community Wow!

Huge new nature park in the works for Ashburn

The unofficial name is Blue Heron Park because it’s near a huge heron nesting habitat.

(UPDATE: It passed. Deal is approved to create park.)

Ashburn could be on the verge of getting a brand new park — and it comes with some very special neighbors — Great Blue Herons.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors should vote this evening, December 3, on a proposal to create a new 230-acre park between One Loudoun and the Commonwealth Center to the west and the nascent Kincora development to the east. The park would straddle Broad Run, the creek that flows through Loudoun, into the Potomac, and technically forms the eastern boundary of Ashburn.

This image from Google maps shows the Peterson land (blue) and the Kincora land (green) that are being proffered to make a huge new park along the Broad Run creek in Ashburn.

That area includes a large nesting habitat nearby for the majestic Great Blue Herons, which should be visible from many parts of the park.

The deal — conceived and negotiated by Broad Run Supervisor Ron Meyer — has Peterson Companies (developers of the Commonwealth Center) proffering 70+ acres of land west of Broad Run. That land would be added to 160+ acres on the east side of the waterway proffered by Kincora.

The park plans also call for a full-size soccer field and parking lot along Loudoun County Parkway. There will be pedestrian bridges over Beaverdam Run and Broad Run, providing pedestrian access all the way from One Loudoun and the Commonwealth Center to Kincora.

Kincora is the future home of both the Children’s Science Center and the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations.

Meyer’s suggestion for the new park’s name — Blue Heron Park, which is a name The Burn can get behind.

As part of the deal, Peterson Companies is asking the supervisors to approve a development it is planning near the new Ashburn Station metro stop.

8 Comments
  1. Bill Edwards 2 years ago
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    I was under the impression that Broad Run flows north INTO the Potomac, as do most of the tributaries in the area, unlike what was stated in the article. The elevation gain from the river into Ashburn alone would preclude it going the opposite direction. This includes Difficult Run, Goose Creek, and many others. Makes some difference when planning this park in terms of flood control, since it would seem that any Potomac floodwaters would inundate that part of Ashburn rather than run off, not so good for the herons or the humans.

    • Chris Wadsworth 2 years ago
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      You are correct. We got that wrong and have corrected it. Thank you.

  2. Martin Thurn 2 years ago
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    Yes, please and thank you!

  3. Kent Clizbe 2 years ago
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    That’s great!
    The heron rookery is a treasure. Really cool to preserve and protect it.
    Thanks for sharing the news.

  4. Burt 2 years ago
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    “The park plans also call for a full-size soccer field ”

    How many of these does the county need? The ones they have go unused for large parts of the year.

  5. Kent Clizbe 2 years ago
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    That’s great!
    The heron rookery is a treasure. Really cool to preserve and protect it.
    Thanks for sharing the news.

  6. Burt 2 years ago
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    “The park plans also call for a full-size soccer field ”

    How many of these does the county need? The ones they have go unused for large parts of the year.

  7. Arielle K Masters 2 years ago
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    Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait.

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