Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center

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Feb. 2, 2023 UPDATE: Schematic designs of the new Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center were presented during two public meetings in January.


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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, and child care.

Located at the corner of Layton Hall Drive and Blenheim Boulevard, 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.

Feb. 2, 2023 UPDATE: Schematic designs of the new Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center were presented during two public meetings in January.


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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, and child care.

Located at the corner of Layton Hall Drive and Blenheim Boulevard, 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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    The Old Lee Highway multimodal plan calls for a sidewalk and a 2-way separated bicycle facility on the west side of Old Lee Highway from Blenheim to Layton Hall Drive. Yet I do not see that on any of the three schemes presented. Will you be coordinating with the City Department of Transportation to rectify this omission?

    Art Fensterwal asked over 1 year ago

    We should be moving from the current conceptual sketches to schematic design during the first half of 2023. The Old Lee Highway Multimodal Improvements project and many other site details will be available at that time. The conceptual sketches simply illustrated three different layouts for the new health and community center. Transportation is intimately involved in the planning.   

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    Rec center, please? We can't use Green Acres gym for my kids to play during times it's not used. So much unused space around the city, and the only indoor activities have to be paid programs?! Can we please get something for families with young kids?

    jflo asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The new community center will be different from a rec-center in that a membership or day pass is not required to use the facilities. A full-sized gym, running/walking track, fitness rooms, and other gathering spaces will be open to the public to accommodate both structured and unstructured activities.

    The gym at Green Acres is scheduled daily for pickleball, classes, and rentals. There isn’t a regular time where it would be open for unscheduled use. 

    Outdoor recreation in our parks is available every day at no cost, and a day pass to a county rec-center is an affordable option for cold, rainy days. Additionally, the city offers parks and recreation programs at a reduced rate to eligible families.

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    Will the proposed project provide a space for performing arts?

    Jrglass123 asked over 1 year ago

    The architect is exploring ways to create space for performing arts. You can view concept sketches here: https://fairfax.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=11&clip_id=2921&meta_id=100238

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    Are they considering build a pool?

    Blanca Baldeon asked over 1 year ago

    This project does not include a pool. 

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

    Mark Towery asked almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years 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 about 2 years 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 about 2 years 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 about 2 years 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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