Lee District RECenter Turns 25 Saturday

The Lee District RECenter will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 11/19 with children's activities, interactive displays, demonstrations and food.

In 1966, voters approved a park bond referendum that led to the acquisition of 118 acres for what was formerly known as Rose Hill District Park. Twenty-one additional acres were added to the park site between 1970 and 1976. The park's facilities became a reality with approval of a park bond in 1971.

In 1973, the park consisted of two baseball and football fields and. In 1974, lighted tennis courts, a practice wall and multi-use courts were added. Further landscaping and fields were added in the mid 1970s. In 1977, the original trailer used to house the park staff was replaced by a railroad caboose acquired from the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad.

In 1978, local Boy Scouts worked with park naturalists to complete a quarter-mile nature trail and an amphitheater was built where the first nature programs were held.
Groundbreaking for the RECenter took place on Aug. 15, 1979 and 14 months later the RECenter opened its doors. Expansions in the 1980s added a gymnasium, spas, dance room and weight room. Total space increased to 83,000 square feet.

For more information call 703-324-8662 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

By Steve Fehr |  November 16, 2005; 2:26 AM ET
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