According to the NVRPA’s own “Five Year Strategic Plan, 2012-2017,” Potomac Overlook Park already provides the top four activities that area residents most often participate in — and the next three activities (swimming/sunbathing/beach) don’t happen in the woods and are provided by various other NVRPA facilities. See table below.
Even by NVRPA’s own standards, Potomac Overlook already fulfills its role by offering exactly what area residents say they want.
Table III-I: Percentage of Households
Participating in Activities (2011 — All Varieties)
Walking for pleasure 82.2%
Visiting historic sites 63.5%
Visiting parks (local, state, natl.) 50.6%
Visiting natural area/preserve/refuge 50.3%
Sunbathing/relaxing on a beach 38.3%