- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 26, 2006

With all the focus on the Washington Nationals baseball team and the building of the new stadium, some in the Washington area might have forgotten about one of the region’s other baseball teams: the Prince William Cannons.

The team’s 6,000-seat stadium, the Prince William County Stadium Complex, is just one of the many recreational amenities in Woodbridge.

At the Lake Ridge Golf Course and Marina, residents can enjoy nine holes of golf, fishing and boating, miniature golf, volleyball courts and a horseshoe pit. Marumsco Lake Park includes an 11-acre lake, tennis courts and basketball courts.

The Chinn Aquatic and Fitness Center in Woodbridge includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an indoor recreation center, hiking trails, soccer fields, playgrounds and even a library.

At Veterans Memorial Park, the swimming pool, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts are next to a popular skateboard park.

At least 10 more public parks offer playgrounds, playing fields, swimming pools and locations for Little League games and softball tournaments.

For those who prefer shopping as their recreational activity, Potomac Mills Shopping Mall is in Woodbridge, along with dozens of additional smaller shopping centers. Movie theaters and restaurants are also plentiful in the area.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that some 32,000 people made their home in the 10 square miles of Woodbridge in Prince William County in 2000.

On the northern tip of Prince William County near the Fairfax County border, Woodbridge is close to U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 95, with a Virginia Railway Express station linking the community to Fredericksburg to the south and to Union Station in Washington in the north.

Woodbridge began as the first county seat of Prince William County when the county’s first courthouse, built in 1731, was built on the bank of the Occoquan River.

While much of the Woodbridge area has been developed with housing, new communities continue to be planned.

The largest planned community in Woodbridge currently under construction is the waterfront community of Belmont Bay designed in the style of a historic American harbor town at the point where the Occoquan and Potomac rivers meet.

Belmont Bay includes the Ospreys Golf Course, an 18-hole course with a clubhouse. The development also has a 158-slip marina, office space and planned restaurants, shops and a 240-room hotel and conference center.

The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is adjacent to the Belmont Bay development, and the Belmont Bay Science Center, a joint project of the Virginia Science Museum and George Mason University’s Marine Biology department, is expected to be up and running by the end of next year.

A Virginia Railway Express train station is in Woodbridge next to Belmont Bay.

Housing in Belmont Bay includes brick town homes from Miller and Smith LLC, each with three finished levels and an unusual 400-square-foot patio. Some of the homes also include rooftop terraces.

Centex Homes is building condominiums at Belmont Bay with garages, and Comstock Homebuilding Cos. Inc. has a few condominiums left in its River Club condominium buildings.

Miller and Smith is building garage town homes with rooftop terraces and prices in the $600,000s.

Nearby at the Commons at William Square, Comstock is building multilevel condominium homes, each with three bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a garage.

At Coventry Glen in Woodbridge, the Airston Group Inc. is building brick-front single-family homes with fireplaces in a community of cul-de-sacs.

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