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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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.

The BFRA Annual Meeting was held on April 10, 2021

The Bradley Forest Recreation Association met on Saturday April 10, 2021 from 10 a.m. to noon. The purpose of the meetings was to pay annual dues, exchange keys to the Run and hold officer elections. Unfortunately no one stayed longer than to get the key and pay dues. The officers will continue in the present positions until next year’s meeting.

  • President – Liz Knox
  • Vice President – John Youngblut
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Anne Melville
  • Board of Directors – Doug Ramey

If any member in good standing would like a copy of the 2020 Income and Expense Report contact Anne Melville via email. Use the email she used to send reminders about the meeting

One member asked what their dues are used for:

  • In order to keep the land at the clubhouse and at the run we are required to maintain both properties keeping them mowed and presentable
  • Pay for electric and gas at the clubhouse
  • Pay for maintenance of the clubhouse building
  • File and pay annual state corporation report and fees
  • Removal of downed/dangerous trees
  • Purchase of lock and keys for same. Locks are rotated and rekeyed when possible.
  • Postage
  • webhosting and domain name fees
  • Supplies for the fishing tournament (when held) including rods, reels, tackle boxes for the children, food for children after the tournament

What is asked of members?

  • help clean up at the run and clubhouse
  • don’t leave trash at the run or clubhouse
  • park inside the gates at the run
  • Do not block access to the boat ramp.
  • Most important of all Volunteer officers do not get paid to hold office. We need your help!

A special thank you to members Mrs. & Mrs. Lyons who conducted a clean up of the boat ramp and the back gate to pond on Smithfield road areas on Sat. 20 Mar. They also cleaned up the bridge and the approaches to the bridge. They collected 5 bags of trash, several pieces of scrap metal, construction debris, and a rusted out gasoline tank. Mr. Lyons pulled a motor cycle out of the run. At another time they picked up the 4 tires that were dumped down by the boat ramp area and took them to the dump.

Mr. Thornton has volunteered to pick up the motor cycle body at the run and dispose of it.

Respectfully submitted
Anne Melville-Secretary/Treasurer

Problem tree at the Run-June 8-10, 2020

BFRA officers met via email and agreed that one of the trees near the water at the run was dead and posed a threat to members using the run.  It was unanimously agreed to pay for the tree to be cut down.  The tree was removed on 6/10/2020.  The Club President paid $500.00 to Lester Heath for the removal of the tree.  The Secretary/Treasurer will write a check from club funds to reimburse her.

Respectfully submitted, Anne Melville Secretary/Treasurer