On November 1 Fairfax County supervisors unanimously approved a proposal by Capital One subsidiary 1820 Dolley Madison LLC to build an interim park and baseball field on the eastern edge of the bank’s Tysons campus.
The 6.9-acre site, located at Dolley Madison Boulevard (Route 123) and Scotts Crossing Road, is part of the Scotts Run North rezoning, which supervisors approved in June 2015. The property, now home to surface parking for Metro and some vegetated open space, is slated for a six-building mixed-use development with office, residential and retail.
Before that development’s eventual build-out, Capital One East Park and a baseball field will fill the site. The park will include a water feature, landscaping, a play area, fitness zone, plaza area with tables and chairs, restrooms and parking areas for food trucks. The athletic field will have sunken dugouts, synthetic turf and a 90-foot baseball diamond with 390-foot-deep center field. The field will have about 1,000 square feet of gross floor area, including a press box and restrooms.
The ball field’s hours will be from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., but games will be allowed to continue until midnight if necessary. Part of the existing surface-parking lot will remain to serve both the park and baseball field. The applicant will provide a total of 188 parking spaces.
The field will serve both travel and summer baseball leagues in the area, said Supervisor Dalia Palchik (D-Providence). The athletic facility also will “add to what we see as a growing part of Tysons, bringing both the local and outside community for arts and entertainment,” she said.
Capital One previously has permitted construction of interim athletic fields on its Tysons campus and this baseball facility will be a “welcome addition to the inventory of ball fields in the county,” Palchik said.