Fairfax County, DC’s largest suburban neighbor, was awarded the 2010 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. It is the "highest honor in the industry," and given by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).
We’ve used several of the County’s parks, and have a particular fondness for Huntley Meadows. It’s a remarkable suburban oasis of about 1500 acres of wetland, meadows and forest. The developers would love to get their hands on it but park users and tree huggers can rest easy. It’s protected by law in perpetuity.
I have to admit it creates quite a headache for commuters and getting arounders like us. There’s about a three-mile stretch along Route One that has no westward access to veins such as Van Dorn Street. This creates backups at the places where people do go east and west.
We would benefit from this but I don’t mind waiting the additional 20 seconds at the stoplight. It's more than worth it.