My Community: Fairfax Station, Virginia
The good and the bad
I am from Fairfax Station, Virginia. Fairfax Station has undergone significant developement throughout my entire life, sprawling with houses and a few new strip malls to accomodate new neighborhoods with grocery stores and gas stations. Fairfax Station is the epitome of "suburbia." This community is very large and many of the homes sit on huge parcels of land. Fairfax Station is not walkable. There are many one lane roads, particularly headed from Fairfax Station to Clifton, Virginia, and these roads also do not making biking feasible. Though Fairfax Station is filled with large houses far apart and a community where driving is necessary, this area has done a great job of mainitaining green spaces and parks. Burke Lake Park is the most well known park in Fairfax Station. It actually is connected to my neighborhood, which I love. The lake is beautiful and has large pathes for walkers, bikers and runners. It also offers boating for recreation, golfing, frisbee golf, small scale fishing is permitted and there is a carousel, playground and train for children as well as an ice cream parlor. On weekends, many people are seen camping. Also, the wildlife there is bustling with deer, herons, geese and the most famous creature at Burke Lake, the "swoose," which is a goose and swan cross.
The image on the top is a view of Burke lake in the Fall. The picture, furthest to the left is also a picture of Burke Lake. Burke Lake's path is about 5.1 miles. Below is a satellite image of Fairfax Station.
Fairfax Station is filled with history. Fairfax Station was originially a large railraod station. Also, this is one place Clara Barton tended to Union and Confederate toops here during the Civil War.