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.
The oldest African American community in Fairfax County
Things Get Solved
When You Get Involved!
The last community meeting for 2019 will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gum Springs Community Center. Topic #1: Urban Design Guidelines for the Richmond Highway Corridor by JoAnne Fiebe, Fairfax County Department of Planning & Development; and Topic #2: Proposed nomination to change the planned use and justification for 8017 and 8015 Richmond Highway into a park. These two parcels are near Napper Road.
A volunteer committee is needed to plan and host an On the Table event scheduled for January 30, 2020. The deadline to volunteer for the committee is December 15, 2019. You can sign up during the December 10th community meeting or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music at the Center is a new summer outdoor community event for 2020 to showcase community and local talent for Gum Springs residents at the Gum Springs Community Center. Music at the Center will be held the last Friday evening May through August 2020 at the pavilion located outside the Gum Springs Community. The New Gum Springs Civic Association is scheduling talent for the 2020 Music at the Center mini-music series. Gum Springs residents and youths will have special preference. Music sets may be at 15-minutes; 30-minutes; 45-minutes; and 60-minutes depending on the number of submissions received and availability of performers. Performers will not be paid to entertain the community. Click here to submit an online application. More detailed information will be provided to selected performers.
Support Gum Springs by donating today! It's safe and easy via PayPal. Click on the Donate button!
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.
To list your community event on the community calendar, click on Suggest an Event link below.
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 Celebrated 185 Years!
1833 - 2018
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!
Know who speaks and represents the Gum Springs community. It's not your Condo or 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.