Prior to 2003, the Town of Vienna stored leaves at Southside and Northside Parks. After citizen complaint, the Town moved leaf storage to Beulah Road Park (BRP). Since then, the citizens surrounding BRP have been forced to endure malodors, vibration and noise from a machine that generates in excess of 100 decibels, a cacophony of back-up beepers from dump trucks, front end loaders and 18 wheel tandem trucks associated with mulch operations.
Beulah Road Park is the 8 acre parcel of land located at 442 Beulah Road NE – the remainder of the 16.707 acres deeded to us “for public use forever.” All Town of Vienna Comprehensive Plans until the year 2000, protected this once beautiful open green space as a natural neighborhood park, but now its future is uncertain.
In 2003, NEVCA formed the Beulah Road Park Committee and citizens dedicated time and money performing independent and intense research, reviewing surrounding jurisdiction leaf collection and disposal processes, investigating low cost alternatives (including options to save the taxpayer money while still enjoying the recycling credits) and attempting to work with our current Mayor and Council. Those efforts never came to fruition.
On July 20, 2005, the Town of Vienna Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approved a Conditional Use Permit (with strict conditions) for the temporary storage of leaves and the associated mulch operations in our previously quiet residential neighborhood. To our grave disappointment, the Town summarily refused our NEVCA Resolution, rejected any opportunity to work with the residents and stifled our every attempt to have open and active dialog.