Herndon Staying Healthy Together — Clark’s plan for parks and recreation
Did you know that current development plans could see Herndon nearly doubling the number of housing units by 2025? Regardless of what you think of development in Herndon, we all recognize that access to nature and outdoor space is essential to healthy living and communities. As Herndon grows, our parks and recreation capacity needs to grow as well.
Improve Access to Parks and Green Space. Herndon’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) includes many improvements to our parks, trails, green-space, and recreation facilities. I support the plan. However, the Town also needs to engage with current residents and potential developers to ensure that every current and future Herndon resident has proximate access to a park or green-space; especially in areas that are being rezoned and redeveloped as residential or mixed-use.
Require Statements on the Anticipated Impact on Parks and Recreation Facilities. We also need to ensure that our athletic fields and other recreation facilities do not become overcrowded. Expanding the capacity of these facilities can not be an afterthought. Instead, every development proposal in Herndon should include a statement on the anticipated impact of the Town’s parks and recreation facilities so that the Town can factor the impacts and the cost of mitigating those impacts prior to approval.