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Ida Lee Farmhouse Aerial photo of Ida Lee Park

• May 2009 – Opened the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center. The facility features a 600’ lazy river, large slide tower with two body flumes, dumping buckets, crossing feature, two gang slides, little squirt whale, floating snake and alligator, 25 yard lap lanes, drop slide, water pipe fall, large beach area with bubblers and water fountains, shade structures, concession stand, and grass picnic area.
• May 2009 – Opened the first dog park within the Town of Leesburg. The new facility is located within Olde Izaak Walton Park, an already established Town park. The dog park features over 25,000 square feet of enclosed space, dog waste stations, and parking in an attractive wooded setting.
• July 2008 – The existing pre-Civil War barn at Ida Lee Park, previously used only for storage, was renovated and preserved creating a weather-tight structure allowing for multiple future use options, while maintaining the barn’s time-treasured features.
• April 2008 – A Virginia Tech Memorial Tree Grove was dedicated in memory of the students and faculty who lost their lives during the tragedy at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.
• January 2008 – The Department opened the A.V. Symington Indoor Tennis Center. The facility features 4-Deco Turf courts, a spacious viewing area, and a central lobby.  Renovations were made to the existing tennis pavilion for year-round usage, all the outdoor courts were repainted, and lights were added to the seventh court. 
• January 2006 – The Proposed Plan of Action for the use of the A.V. Symington donation was approved by Town Council, providing public recreation improvements at Ida Lee Park. The Proposed Plan allows for the possibility of acquiring land adjacent to Ida Lee Park, building an Outdoor Pool, and building an Indoor Tennis Center.
• September 2004 – Freedom Park Memorial Wall was built to honor those who perished on 9-11-2001, along with those whose heroic actions on other hallowed dates inscribed on the wall represent a quest for universal freedom, justice and peace have made them a part of the American legacy.
• April 2003 – The Department opened Freedom Park, a 20-acre park with 4 baseball/softball fields, one football/soccer field, a field house with concession stand, a picnic pavilion, and batting cage.
• November 2002 – The Department opened the expansion of the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. The completed facility consists of 72,304 square feet of fitness and recreation opportunities for the public. Facility features include a 6,600 square foot fitness area, aerobics/dance room, two racquetball courts, auxiliary pool, childcare room, locker rooms, and additional rooms for meetings and recreation classes.
• September 2001 – The Ida Lee Park Tennis Center opened featuring 7-Deco Turf courts; of which six of the courts are lite.
• July 2000 – The Department began leasing the land and building at Olde Izaak Walton Park.
• October 1998 – The Catoctin SkatePark, a street skate park with half pipes, quarter pipes, rails, ramps, and fun boxes opened for operation. This effort was driven by the support of the Friends of Ida Lee Park.
• August 1991 – The Town of Leesburg dedicated the renovation of the farmhouse to serve as the Parks and Recreation Department’s administrative office while serving as a reminder of the park’s history. The quaint farmhouse, officially known as the William F. Rust, Jr. Administration Building, was built in the 1790’s and was the home of an Episcopal minister in the early 1800’s. The house’s brick chimneys, stone foundation, hardwood floors, and metal roof were preserved to maintain the original character of the farmhouse.
• In 1991, Mr. Rust donated $50,000 to the Town of Leesburg to construct a park pavilion and public playground at Ida Lee Park. In 1994, the park pavilion was dedicated in the memory of Mr. Rust’s brother-in-law, William J. “Billy” Cox.
• In 1988, the Town of Leesburg broke ground on the construction of the recreation center, which was dedicated in July of 1990. The original recreation center was a 38,500 square foot facility consisting of a 25 meter by 25-yard indoor swimming pool, whirlpool spa, gymnasium, fitness room community meeting rooms and a vending/refreshment area.
• In 1986, Ida Lee Park was made possible by the generous donation of prime undeveloped land formerly known as the Greenwood Farm by the Rust Family. William F. Rust, Jr., and his wife, Margaret Dole Rust, donated 138 acres to the Town of Leesburg for perpetual use as a public park which was named in memory of Mr. Rust’s grandmother, Ida Lee, to preserve the historic link between the Lee family of Virginia and the Town of Leesburg.