The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing for the next chapter of the Claude Moore farm area of Turkey Run Park. Future plans for the park will be shaped through a public engagement process.
On April 25, we launched a public planning effort and invited the public to share their vision for the park’s future. After gathering information and hearing from the public, the NPS developed a range of concepts for future use and enjoyment of the Claude Moore farm area at Turkey Run Park. The concepts are being shared with the public and people again have the opportunity to provide feedback.
Join us: We will host an open house at McLean High School (1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA 22101) on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a 6:30 p.m. presentation with questions and answers. People will also have the opportunity to provide feedback online and via mail beginning September 26. We’ll provide additional information about how to do this once the comment period opens.
The public engagement process will determine what happens next and when. This is why it is very important for the public to be involved. After gathering information and hearing from the public, the NPS will develop a range of concepts for future use and enjoyment of the Claude Moore farm area at Turkey Run Park. We will share these concepts with the public and provide further opportunities for feedback.
The outcome of the effort will be a plan that contains a range of refined concepts that could then be considered as options for us to implement. It's likely that actions would require additional environmental and historic preservation compliance prior to implementation. We will not pursue any kind of commercial development.
The public can still use and enjoy the trails, but the buildings and administrative areas are closed to the public. Currently, there are no visitor services or facilities available.
The agreement between the NPS and the Friends of Claude Moore Colonial Farm, which provided day-to-day Colonial-themed programming in this area of the park for many years, expired December 21, 2018. The Friends’ operations and programming at the farm has concluded, and buildings are closed to the public.
The agreement, which originally expired in 2006, had been extended multiple times over the years. In March 2018, the National Park Service presented a final offer to the Friends of Claude Moore Colonial Farm that would have required the organization to comply with current laws and policy and terms that are standard for thousands of national park partners across the country. The organization declined to sign a new long-term agreement and, therefore, discontinued their relationship with the National Park Service when the most recent agreement expired in December 2018.
Last updated: September 17, 2019