BFRA Membership Meeting and Key Exchange

Folks, with the forecasted rain, we’ve change the location to the club house and canceled the BBQ!

The BFRA Key exchange and membership meeting will be held May 5th from 11:30-1:30 at the clubhouse @ 11508 Smithfield Road! We’re planning to start promptly at 11:30, so don’t be late!

We will change out the lock at the ramp during this meeting, so if you don’t make the meeting you’ll have to make private arrangements with me for a new key after the meeting.

John Youngblut
BFRA Vice President

Minutes from BFRA Meeting on April 22, 2023

BFRA members met at the Club House on Saturday April 22, 2023. The current Officers and Board members are still in place. The only issues raised were about the condition of the boat ramp at the Broad Run landing. While the ramp does need work, we need member assistance making repairs. It is not enough to point out the problem, we need volunteers to help with repairs. Any volunteers?

Save the Date: BFRA Meeting Saturday April 22 at 10:00 a.m

BFRA will hold their annual meeting on Saturday April 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at the clubhouse. At that time, we will hold a member meeting, pay annual dues, and swap out our 2022 keys to the Run. Dues are $100 payable by check to BFRA or by cash. If you have lost your key, there is a $100 replacement fee in addition to the dues.

Bring your questions! Bring your suggestions! Bring your willingness to help with work at the run and/or the clubhouse. As a reminder, officers are not paid for serving. We rely on your help.

If you can’t make it on April 22nd contact Anne to set up a time and date. If you do not want to renew, please return your key to me (Anne), I will refund your key deposit at that time.

We hope to see you there!!

Anne Melville
BFRA Secretary/Treasurer

More news on PWC Doves Landing Park Plan

Just an FYI on the park. Seth at PWC Parks has not and doesn’t intend to change the current Doves Landing plan. This means we must ask the BOCS to amend it with the changes we want when they go to vote.
They will meet and vote on the plan on Tuesday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. at 1 County Complex Ct. Prince William, VA 22192.  Arrive at 6:30 if you want to speak.  WEAR GREEN
At this point, its best to continue to follow our 3-step action plan and do them again if you haven’t already;
1. Sign the petition and share it. (We have almost 300 plus the 150 we got on the paper petition)
2. Email the BOCS twice a week now through 10/11.
3. Go to the meeting on Oct. 11th at 2 pm., 1 County Complex Ct.
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Call to Action on Doves Landing Park – Your Help Is Needed

PWC Parks wants to create a new road, parking lot, and facilities at the end of Doves Lane. This would create a new second park access point down a narrow, quiet gravel road surrounded by private homes. PWCS will not send a bus down Doves Lane because of the bus drivers’ concerns about the road and PWC maintains the road just twice a year due to erosion and washout. There is also no sidewalk for children to use who are forced to walk to the bus pick-up, some as far as .8 miles each way. To see what the Doves Lane road looks like

The current park access point does not have a gate to close the park after dark and neighboring residents consistently report paraphernalia and suspicious activity and persons at the park.

The county contends that the new access point will not create increased traffic but for a dead-end road any traffic open to the general public will be a substantial increase.  Secondly, if the county believes there will be very little increased traffic, why do they believe they need a second parking lot to supplement the parking lot they already have on the paved portion of Doves?

Creating a second parking lot with water access will absolutely increase the traffic on the gravel portion of Doves Lane, which will negatively impact the current dead-end road by eliminating the privacy and security the residents currently have. Given the fact that there is no sidewalk, the neighboring 12 children who have to walk to/from the bus stop on Doves Lane will no doubt be affected by the strangers, trucks, SUVs, and trailers coming down the narrow “unpassable” gravel road.

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BFRA Members Clean Up at Run Following February Storm

Following the February storm, members John Youngblut, Ryan Bishop, and Sean Polin began clean up at the Broad Run BFRA location.

The plugged culvert coming off the road, and running under the BFRA property towards the run, has caused significant erosion of the left hand side of the boat ramp. This erosion is interfering with members ability to back their trailers into parking positions.

They also brought in 3 tons of stone to fill the eroded area. John, Ryan and Sean also unblocked the input side of the culvert with some success. A work order has been submitted to VDOT to clear the pipe.

More work is needed on this area. BFRA relies on volunteers to help complete repairs and maintenance.

Tires dumped at Broad Run

A total of 22 tires were dumped at the Broad Run. Some were still on the rims. Vice President John Youngblut took 4 to the county dump and Mike Melville picked up the remaining 18 tires. We were able to drop 4 off for free. The cost to BFRA to dispose of the remaining tires was $19.50. Please do not leave tires, car parts, or trash at the Run. Clean up after yourself. We appreciate the help.