|The site plan for Bailey's Upper Elementary School, showing the proposed gym (red), outdoor play space (green), and sports court (blue). Leesburg Pike is along the bottom edge.|
The gym and play area planned for Bailey’s Upper Elementary School probably won’t be built until 2016 or beyond.
Brady Rauch, of the design and construction department in Fairfax County Public Schools, told the Mason District Land Use Committee Jan. 27 that construction of the outdoor hard-surface sports court and green creative play area have to be built during the summer.
The 6,200-square foot prefab gym would have to be installed during winter break. FCPS is shooting for December 2016, but that could be delayed by a year, as well.
The gym would be located on the western side of the school building along the service road aligned with Leesburg Pike and would be connected to the school with a covered walkway. It would be the same size as other FCPS elementary school gyms and would have an office, vestibule, bathrooms, and showers. The 5,000-square foot asphalt court would be half the size as similar courts at other schools.
FCPS staff have discussed the plans for the gym and play area with the Bailey’s PTA and residents of Buffalo Ridge, Sleepy Hollow Manor, and other adjacent neighbors. PTA President Gwen Chervenic said the Bailey’s community likes the plans and would like to see construction start as soon as possible.