Introduction

Welcome to the Dranesville District and the Greater McLean Area.

The Dranesville District of Fairfax County includes McLean, Great Falls, Herndon, and parts of Falls Church and Vienna (with a population of 110,100 in 39,000 households, covering 65-square miles). Each neighborhood has its own distinctive profile and charm, making our region one of the most dynamic places to live in Northern Virginia.

We have one of the finest public school systems in the nation. Our students consistently score above average on national standardized tests, and gain admission to the finest colleges and universities.

We also have an excellent public library system with excellent reference and Internet capabilities. Dranesville District also offers a host of activities for outdoors enthusiasts, and is home to almost 500 acres of public open space and 64 parks — including Great Falls National Park, Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Scotts Run Nature Preserve, Turner Farm, Riverbend, McLean Central and Clemyjontri Parks — as well as the Pimmit Run, Difficult Run and Sugarland Run stream valleys. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (the only National Park in the country dedicated to the performing arts) is also in the Dranesville District. We have an extensive network of trails, including the historic W & OD Trail (built on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad), which provides 45 miles of paved paths and 32 miles of horse trails through the urban heartland and countryside of Northern Virginia. We are home to numerous sports organizations for all ages, and our Spring Hill Recreation Center offers swimming, exercise classes, and indoor and outdoor recreational amenities for the whole family.

The Greater McLean area is a major hub for the Dranesville District. Our families possess a strong sense of community commitment, and there are many opportunities to volunteer one’s time. There is an abundance of planned events throughout the year for people of all ages — including McLean Day, Fourth of July celebrations, and summer concerts on the green in McLean Central Park. A variety of cultural, civic, educational and recreational activities are always ongoing at the McLean Community Center and Spring Hill Recreation Center. The Fire-House Teen Center offers our young people a safe environment in which they enjoy educational and recreational activities.

Our community business center has been the focus of significant revitalization over the past five years. Several active community groups (including the McLean Chamber of Commerce, McLean Citizens Association, the McLean Planning committee, and the McLean Revitalization Corporation) work tirelessly to support and encourage the new shops and restaurants that have located here, the facade renovation on existing retail centers, new residential and commercial construction, and the beautification efforts throughout downtown. There is a growing sense of community pride that has been achieved by citizens and businesses working together.

I am honored to represent you on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions about Fairfax County or the services we offer. Thanks to the many citizens who give so generously of their time and talent. The Dranesville District is a truly wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. We look forward to your active involvement.

Joan M. DuBois
Supervisor, Dranesville District

 


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