Association History

Association History


The original charter area of the Glen Forest Community Association consisted of about 112 homes (see map below).  The area is roughly rectangular starting at Leesburg Pike and extending down Glen Forest Drive to the Glen Forest Elementary School (built 1957).  However, this total included 14 homes on Merritt Place on the North side of Long Branch Creek. These homes were constructed between 1955 and 1959.  Along with these homes, a 6.8 acre park was designed and situated in the northern part of the track.  The vehicular entrance to this park is at 3300 Kaywood Place.  The Association does not maintain a mailing address here so there is no mailbox by this driveway only two steel posts. The property includes a 10-foot strip of land to allow pedestrian access between 5913 and 5915 Merritt Place. On May 20, 1957, Woodrow W. and Mary E. Oliver deeded this land to the Association.  In order to receiver this donation, the initial residents had to form the Association which they did.  They incorporated themselves under the Virginia State Corporate Commission on December 20, 1957 (ID #792945).  The park was dedicated by the Oliver's on May 4, 1958 subject too this restrictive covenent.
Said property shall be used by members of the Glen Forest Community Assocation, Inc. , only for the construction, maintenance and operation of a swimming pool, bath house, community house, and other recreational facilities, together with such incidental objects or purposes as are appropriate in the conduct of it's activities.

 
Despite the Oliver's generous donation, it essentially was a business decision as there is no acceptable frontage on the park perimeter to add a single-family unit.  They constructed a swimming pool and bathhouse along with the entrance driveway and ford for the Association around 1960.  (It is unknown if the original foot bridge was constructed at that time.) The only other use for the park land in 1957 would be for a mansion and there was no market for such a home at that time (zoning was also a question).  The cost of the swimming pool was incorporated into the selling price of the homes and also became an incentive to buy.  One of the first residents in 1955 (and reportable the first) is the Shuman's at 5861 Glen Forest Drive (second house on the right as you enter the development.)  Irene, the wife and mother, became our longest living original resident until she passed away on January 22, 2010.  In later years a tennis court was added and Fairfax County exempted us from having to pay property taxes.

Home building in our neighborhood continued through the 1950s into the 1960s and 1970s.  This brought the area to about 400 homes.  Brill Court in 2006 added 6 more and counting Munson Court and some others, our footprint is about 500 units today.  The original association members decided against mandatory levees such as a modern day Home Owners Association (HOA).  Instead, they offered annual pool memberships to fund both the pool season and incidental costs for the remainder of the year.  In the beginning, memberships were restricted to the charter area residents.  In time, charter area families wanting pool memberships could not maintain operations.  So, the by-laws were revised to allow associated member to join the association and also become eligible for pool memberships.  Glen Acres and Congressional Acres were the first to be added.  By around 2000, pool membership was open in anyone as the charter and associate areas could not support operations by themselves.  These decisions have kept cost down but prevented the Association from building up a capital fund to eventually replace the pool with a larger one.  The Google Maps view below shows our pool is not rectangular (off-season photo with diving board removed—in-season the pools sparkle and glisten in the sun) plus we have an operating baby pool area.

Numerous improvements to the pool and pool house have been made over the years so we have the most modern filters, pumps, capstones, furniture, and safety features but the pool size remains the same.  At first the Association ran the pool furnishing their own Pool Operator and hiring their own lifeguards.  Irene Shuman held a Pool Operators license during many of these years. Now we contract a pool management company for all maintenance and lifeguards.  Fairfax County holds an easement to about 80 percent of our park to honor its Long Branch Creek water responsibilities.  They also use this easement to maintain water and sewer lines that cross the property and actually run under the Creek.  The Association has a cooperative relationship with the County that has benefited the area.  Around 2002, we let the County use our driveway to repair and upgrade Long Branch Creek (mostly erosion control measures) in turn they replaced our footbridge, ford, and re-paved our driveway.  Our pool and park remains private and we do not have IRS non-profit status.

Provided below are some street statistics of our neighborhood:

 

CHARTER AREA
Streets (Homes) Construction
Date (Avg)
Streets (Homes) Construction
Date (Avg)
Glen Forest Drive (S) (20) 1955-59 Longwood Drive (4) 1955-56
Kaywood Drive (18) 1956-59 Kaywood Place (9) 1959
Durbin Place (7) 1959 Garland Drive (14) 1956-57
Boston Drive (6) 1956 Longbranch Drive (11) 1957-59
Pensa Drive (9) 1956-57 Merritt Place (14) 1957-59
Dates above reflect intitial tract construction, later construction filled vacant lots with newer homes up to the 1990s (also applies to associate areas listed below.)
ASSOCIATE AREAS**
Streets (Homes) Construction
Date (Avg)
Streets (Homes) Construction
Date (Avg)
Chicamuxen Court (8) 1965-66 Ardley Court (70) 1966
Spring Lane (37) 1971 Robinwood Lane (14) 1959
Glen Forest Drive (N) (6) 1979 6th Street South (25) 1979
*6th Street (17) 1950-52 Red Pine Street (1) 1976
6th Road South (7) 1979 Merritt Place (N) (4) 1975-79
*Magnolia Avenue (14) 1957-59 *Kimble Court (18) 1961-62
*Olds Drive (2) 1972 Hardwick Place (38) 1965
Glen Carlyn Road (S) (6) 1965 *Glen Carlyn Road (N) (5) 1961-62
Brill Court) (6) 2006  (NOTE:  1 house is technically part of Pensa Drive)
* Voting members along with charter members
** On March 20, 2010, all streets in this table became Regular Members and thus voting members