Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center

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An exciting, innovative project is underway in the heart of Fairfax City.

Fairfax City and Fairfax County are redeveloping the Joseph Willard Health Center and Stacy C. Sherwood Center sites into a single destination for health, wellness, fitness, child care, and the arts.

Located at the corner of Layton Hall Drive and Old Lee Highway, the new Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center will be built in place of the current health center and include a campus redesign that connects to the Sherwood Center.

Once complete, the city-operated community center and a county-operated health and human services center will provide integrated services to both city and county residents.


The joint redevelopment project came about following years of evaluations conducted by both the city and county. They are working together to develop a conceptual plan for this campus -- and your input is needed to make this happen.

This campus will offer many different programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals of all ages and abilities throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. To that end, county and city staff are seeking input to ensure that the campus is designed to meet the needs and interests of the surrounding community.

While some of the programs in the facility have already been designated; there will be multiple opportunities for community involvement and engagement throughout the process to discuss a variety of topics including site concepts, facility amenities, community center programming, and construction logistics.

An exciting, innovative project is underway in the heart of Fairfax City.

Fairfax City and Fairfax County are redeveloping the Joseph Willard Health Center and Stacy C. Sherwood Center sites into a single destination for health, wellness, fitness, child care, and the arts.

Located at the corner of Layton Hall Drive and Old Lee Highway, the new Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center will be built in place of the current health center and include a campus redesign that connects to the Sherwood Center.

Once complete, the city-operated community center and a county-operated health and human services center will provide integrated services to both city and county residents.


The joint redevelopment project came about following years of evaluations conducted by both the city and county. They are working together to develop a conceptual plan for this campus -- and your input is needed to make this happen.

This campus will offer many different programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals of all ages and abilities throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. To that end, county and city staff are seeking input to ensure that the campus is designed to meet the needs and interests of the surrounding community.

While some of the programs in the facility have already been designated; there will be multiple opportunities for community involvement and engagement throughout the process to discuss a variety of topics including site concepts, facility amenities, community center programming, and construction logistics.

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    Does the proposed project include the County public health laboratory parcel adjacent to the Joseph Willard facility?

    Mark Towery asked 1 day ago

    No, the project does not include the laboratory property. Fairfax County has a feasibility study underway for the laboratory, so there may be changes in the future for that portion of the property.  The joint project team is considering including additional parking in the Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center project in anticipation that the laboratory may expand and displace some of its current parking. Thanks for your question. 

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    How will this impact Van Dyke Park? Will we lose playing fields or woods? If so, how much?

    Erin asked 2 days ago

    Van Dyck Park will not lose any amenities due to construction of the new health and community center. The project will be coordinated with the park's master plan, and one of the goals is to improve the connection between the park and new facility. 

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    Pickleball is the fastest growing sport among older adults. I know that there are outdoor pickleball courts at Van Dyck park. Are there going to be any courts designated specifically for pickleball at this site? And if so, will there be in our outdoors?

    brusty001 asked 6 days ago

    The new center will not include courts designated specifically for pickleball, but the gym will be lined for pickleball use. Similar to Green Acres, there will be designated time for pickleball in the gym. Thanks for your question.  

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    Given that there is a new development across the street from Willard, and two schools near the park, how does the city plan to address increased traffic with this expanded facility?

    rc asked 3 months ago

    The Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center project will be coordinated with the Old Lee Highway Multimodal Improvements project  and the updated CUE Bus routes. 

    The Old Lee Highway project will be designed to manage traffic along that corridor, as well as make improvements such as a new left turn lane into the Sherwood Center from Old Lee Highway. 

    The CUE Bus re-routing will provide enhanced access along Layton Hall Drive, with a stop at the Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center, as well as a stop at the student housing under construction further west on Layton Hall Drive. The Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center project will also examine a vehicular connection between the current Sherwood property and the Willard property, which would spread out vehicle trips between the two adjoining streets.  

    Vehicle trips are currently forced to one street or the other, as there is no connection between the two properties.  Vehicle access on Layton Hall Drive will align with Democracy Lane to the south, providing another option for drivers traveling to and from south of the site.  

    A traffic study will be conducted as part of the Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center project that would project future traffic flows to and from the new facility, taking into consideration nearby uses that are existing and under construction, and making recommendations for improvements where needed to manage any additional traffic.  

    Both the Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center project and the Old Lee Highway project will also place an emphasis on providing excellent pedestrian and bicycle facilities to encourage visitors who are able to access the facility without needing a motor vehicle.  

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    Will there be a seperate area for seniors and a seniors gym.

    Arlene asked 4 months ago

    Conceptual designs will be presented in April, but we anticipate the gym being shared by the senior center and community center.  There would be a dedicated senior center and lounge, but the gym, classrooms, and common areas are anticipated to be shared.  

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    Will greenacres center still be open to seniors including the gym there

    Arlene asked 4 months ago

    Green Acres will remain open until the new center is operational. The future of Green Acres will be determined in the upcoming feasibility study, which is included in the FY23 proposed budget.

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    Will the design include bicycle parking?

    Hikaruchu asked 4 months ago

    Yes, bicycle parking is required by the city’s zoning ordinance. Additionally, we are seeking LEED Gold certification for the center, and providing multimodal access is an important component of sustainable design. 

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    Is Fairfax City affectively giving $30 million dollars to the county by improving a County owned building?

    David0430 asked 4 months ago

    No, the city is contributing approximately 40% of the cost to construct the new health and community center, which will serve residents from both jurisdictions. 

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    What is going to happen to green acres? Sold for another townhouse or dorm development? Covering the acres of green fields with more impermeable surfaces? The Willard center has no space for the green fields, basketball courts and playground that are all well-loved and well-used by many fairfax city residents at green acres. I’m concerned this plan means destruction of the trees and open green space that exist at green acres. The Willard center doesn’t have much parking either, for this massive increase in use. Also - is the ownership of the Willard center changing from county to county and city? Or will the city be renting? If renting, seems very unusual for a tenant to spend $30 million on building the property and then spend more $$ on leasing.

    Kate Doyle Feingold asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your questions. The city will conduct a feasibility study to consider options for the future of the Green Acres site. There are no plans at this time. The new health and community center will have a new parking garage to accommodate additional vehicles. The new building will be managed jointly by the city and county. It's worth noting that the county is paying for approximately 60% of the project. The new center collocates health services and recreational amenities for both county and city residents.  

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    Will there be gym facilities similar to other Fairfax County Rec centers (i.e Oak Marr, Cub Run)?

    CJ22030 asked 5 months ago

    A fitness center is envisioned for the center, but the project is still in the conceptual design phase, so specific details haven't been determined yet. There new center will include a full-size gym and walking/running track.

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