I went out to Silver Lake with a friend today. I love Silver Lake. I have some wonderful memories involving Silver Lake. There is always something to see. Today the treat from nature was about 80 water turtles lined up along logs, sunning themselves. Way cool.
However, the County just hasn’t done right by Silver Lake, even with cute little turtles.
Let’s start by driving in to the lake area. The road going in is just dreadful. Pot Hole City. I thought I was going to break an axle. I thought that Rainbow Riding was supposed to keep the road upgraded until you pass their property. If that is the case, they have failed. That is the worst part of the road. The rest isn’t any great shakes. It needs to be graded and re-graveled.
Part of the road is closed off. There might be a good reason but the public hasn’t been told. The cones don’t really limit access. Cones can be moved. Why is that part of the road closed?
I sure didn’t see any access to public water. I didn’t go in the bathrooms. There certainly are no water fountains. What if some kid fills up a water jug in the bathroom? GASP!!!! There were kids milling all over the Silver Lake area, scaring the turtles. They were from the middle school. They did have water bottles. GASP again.
The picnic hill is still marked no access unless you are an authorized vehicle. Why is the picnic area closed off? Why can’t cars go back there? Who would like to schlep a heavy cooler up that hill when it would be easier to drive?
The entire park is not handicap accessible. The first area above the lake has tables. The public has pulled the tables next to the lake. That’s fine but there are none that can be accessed from near a car. There is not a handicap accessible table in the park. My friend is handicapped. Some of those tables need to be anchored so that they can’t be carried off or moved.
There are still no trash cans. There is a huge dumpster down there as well as a smaller one.
This park needs public funding, as promised. It cannot rely on the good will of volunteer citizens.
This is not my first exposure of Silver Lake. What could be a fabulous area for passive recreation is just a run down lake with no amenities. I resented that there was no place for my friend to sit. We stayed in the car. These conditions are unacceptable. Perhaps someone should file an ADA complaint.
I wish some of that water line money were being funneled into revitalizing Silver Lake. What was supposed to be the gem of Prince William County is actually just an ugly step-child, hidden away from the public’s eye.
I don’t know whatever became of the Silver Lake Revitalization Project. It will take more than volunteers to turn this recreation area into the place it was promised to be. County funding is mandatory at this point. Who will step up to the plate and acquire the funding needed to turn this grain of sand into a pearl?