NEW GUM SPRINGS CIVIC ASSOCIATION (NGSCA)
NGSCA represents the residents of Gum Springs, which is the oldest African American community in Fairfax County, VA.
Gum Springs is within walking distance of shopping, Sherwood Regional Library, INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital, Mount Vernon Governmental Center that houses the Mount Vernon Police Station and the Mount Vernon Magisterial District Supervisor Office and churches of various denominations to include Bethlehem Baptist Church, Harvest Assembly Baptist Church, St. John Baptist Church, Woodlawn-Faith UMC, Cornerstone Church of Christ, Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church and Mt. Vernon Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Gum Springs Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gum Springs Community Center. The agenda will include an information presentation from Costco. Costco has submitted a special exception application to permit a service station at 7940 Richmond Highway. This Costco is actually in Lee District; however, it is directly across the street from Spring Garden Apartments, which is in the Mount Vernon District.
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Note: Although NGSCA is a 501(c)(4) IRS tax exempt organization, your donation is not deductible. However, your donation will be greatly appreciated! All funds are used for solely to support and communicate with the community led by a cadre of volunteers. So, please consider making a donation.
American Tukong aka Karate School
Public Hearings Deferred Indefinitely
The Gum Springs community is opposing SE 2017-MV-012 (American Tukong) to construct a private karate school in the Gum Springs community. The owners and applicant for American Tukong have requested that the County defer its hearings indefinitely. This means that no public hearings will be held until further notice.
Gum Springs Celebrates 185 Years Old -- 1833 to 2018
The oldest African American community in Fairfax County
Grand Marshal for the 2018 Gum Springs Community Parade was Ada Singletary.
Mrs. Singletary is the oldest Gum Springs resident actually born and raised in Gum Springs 98 years ago!
Click here to read an Interview with Mrs. Ada
Click here to read article in the Mount Vernon Gazette (page 3)
Thanks to photographers Mike Allen and Ms. Denise, we hope you enjoy some of the photos taken during this special Community Day!
Be Proud You Live in Gum Springs!
Click here to know who speaks and represents the Gum Springs community. It's not your HOA!!!
NOTE: When developers and certain Fairfax County agencies/organizations/staff solicit support from HOAs in the Gum Springs community and not the official organization representing Gum Springs--The New Gum Springs Civic Association, it's an old trick to create divisiveness within the community. HOAs should read their covenants carefully because HOAs have no authority to represent Gum Springs unless sanctioned by the Civic Association. No HOA has been given such authority or sanctioned by the Civic Association. The Civic Association represents the HOAs in matters that affects the Gum Springs community. For more about who represents Gum Springs, click here.
Click here to view the draft Gum Springs Conservation Plan submitted to Fairfax County during August 2015. As of today, Gum Springs is still waiting for a response from Fairfax County Redevelopment & Housing Authority and Fairfax County Department of Planning & Zoning.
Click here to view the Gum Springs Redevelopment Plan which is a guiding document for proposed development/redevelopment projects in Gum Springs.
Gum Springs was not transformed from a “muddy hole” to a diverse community overnight. The Gum Springs Conservation Plan and Neighborhood Improvement Plan were instrumental in what you see as Gum Springs today.
To read articles about Gum Springs, click on the document name:
The UCM connection to Gum Springs
A Place in Virginia Called Gum Springs printed in the New York Times on November 8, 1985
Gum Springs Working to Balance Past, Future printed in the Washington Post on September 10, 1988
The Price of Progress in Gum Springs printed in the Washington Post on December 19, 1994
Founded with Links to the Founding Fathers On Land Bought by a Washington Slave, the Roots Run Deep printed in the Washington Post on October 27, 2007
Faces of Gum Springs published in the Connection Newspapers (Mount Vernon Gazette) on February 19, 2015
Click here to view the video "A Certain Pride" and Click here to view the video "A Slave's Legacy." There are four parts to A Slave's Legacy.
Click here to view a short video by Fairfax County Celebrating its 275th spotlighting Gum Springs.