Friday, June 05, 2015

The Four Mile Summer Movie Festival starts TONIGHT!!

The Four Mile Summer Movie Festival starts TONIGHT!! 

National Community Church – Potomac Yard is co-sponsoring a summer movie series with the City of Alexandria. The outdoor movies will take place at the Four Mile Run Park Plaza along Mount Vernon Avenue (adjacent to the Four Mile Run Conservatory Center). 

The schedule of moves include:

Friday June 5: Annie
Friday July 10:  The Lego Movie
Friday August 7: Mcfarland USA

Friday September 11: Cool Runnings

Look for the film to begin at dusk.


Monday, May 18, 2015

A Groundbreaking for the Groundbreaking 4MR Stream Restoration

The Four Mile Run restoration project has begun!

The City of Alexandria began work this month in the the wetlands area of Four Mile Run Park. Environmental specialists have begun to remove the tree canopy that has grown on the highly degraded artificial fill in the wetland and the non-native forest floor. Soon, work planting will begin using only native low and high marsh wetland plants and the area will be restored as a functioning wetland. The adjacent acres of naturally existing (remnant) forested wetlands within the project area will be preserved.  

Arlington's portion of the restoration project is out to bid and should get underway later this year.   

Learn more about the restoration project:  http://novaregion.org/DocumentCenter/View/10805

Four Mile Run Ground Breaking

You're invited! Don't miss the official Four Mile Run Ground Breaking!!

Join former Congressman Moran, Congressman Beyer (invited), the City of Alexandria and Arlington County to celebrate the beginning of construction on the Four Mile Run restoration project!  

Come see the work that has begun to restore the wetlands, naturalize the stream banks, remove invasive plants, replant with native plants and create a new living shoreline.  4125 Mt. Vernon Ave (parking available at soccer field).  

Contact: Dana Wedeles, Phone: 703-746-5491, Email: Dana.Wedeles@alexandriava.gov

The project has a website too: https://4milerun.wordpress.com/

Friday, May 15, 2015

Public Hearing on Potomac Yard Metrorail Station – Saturday, May 16

It's taken years, maybe decades, to get to this point, but after lots of study and public outreach, tomorrow, Saturday May 16th is the City Council public hearing on the Potomac Yard Metro preferred location.

Everyone is welcome to voice their opinion in person tomorrow or submit comments online or via email.

If you haven't voiced an opinion yet, this is your chance. City Council's vote following this hearing is next Wednesday, May 20th and that will determine the City preferred alternative.

The details:

Public Hearing on Potomac Yard Metrorail Station – Saturday, May 16
The City of Alexandria will hold a Public Hearing on the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station on Saturday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 301 King St. 
The Public Hearing will include a discussion of the City staff report recommending that City Council select Alternative B as the preferred alternative for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, an overview of feedback from the public and other City boards and commissions, and a discussion of next steps in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. There will be an opportunity for the public to comment on the staff recommendation. 
All persons wishing to speak before City Council must fill out a speaker's form (which may be found in the rear of the Council Chambers) and present it to the City Clerk. If you have a prepared statement, please present it to the City Clerk. Speakers can submit their written comments to the City Clerk and the speaker’s form is located online.
City Council will consider the selection of a locally preferred alternative for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station at a special meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 301 King Street. 
For more information about this project, please contact Lee Farmer at lee.farmer@alexandriava.gov or visit the City’s Potomac Yard website.  Formal comments can be submitted at any time throughout the EIS process to comments@potomacyardmetro.com. 



 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Interested in Pedestrian and Bike Safety in Arlandria?

Are you interested in bicycling and pedestrian issues in Arlandria? Many folks have expressed that they are. And tonight is a good oppurtunity to talk about them.

The City of Alexandria is reformulating its Bike/Ped Master plan and tonight begins the focus on the eastern side of the City. Check it tonight at Cora Kelly.

Ad Hoc Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee Meeting to be Held May 14

The Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee will hold its sixth meeting on Thursday, May 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.  This meeting will be held at Cora Kelly Center, Multipurpose Room, 25 West Reed Avenue. This meeting will focus on the proposed bicycle network for the east side of Alexandria, project prioritization criteria, and pedestrian case study areas.  A walking tour will also be held prior to the meeting, starting at 6 p.m. If you are interested in taking part in the walking tour, please contact Steve Sindiong at the information below.

\The update of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will include an evaluation of existing conditions, issues, constraints and needs, as well as a review of existing policies, goals and objectives. Pedestrian and bicycle projects will be identified, along with future Capital Bikeshare station locations, and strategies to implement the plan.  The role of the Advisory Committee is to provide guidance to City staff on the update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and the development of Complete Streets Design Guidelines.

The meeting is open to the public.  The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Geralyn.Taylor@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4084, Virginia Relay 711.

For more information, including meeting materials, visit alexandriava.gov/PedBikePlan or contact Steve Sindiong, Principal Transportation Planner at Steve.Sindiong@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4047.  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Four Mile Run Restoration Enters New Phase!

The Four Mile Run Restoration projects begins a dramatic...and visible...new stage today as crews begin to work in earnest on the long-awaited (and long planned) pilot project.

Any recent park user will have noticed the staging and prep that's taken place over the last month. So far the trails haven't had to be detoured but all that will now change.

It will be readily apparent and very visible that crews will be clearing parts of the wildlife preserve and that trees will be coming down.

Contractors will remove the tree canopy that has grown on the highly degraded artificial fill and the non-native forest floor. Once cleared, the City will replant using only the appropriate, native low and high marsh wetland plants and the area will be restored as a functioning wetland. The adjacent acres of naturally existing (remnant) forested wetlands within the project area will be preserved intact. The work will involve replanting using only native plants – which is the stated policy of both the City and this project.

This project is being done so that we can to have a sustainable, healthy waterway, given it exists in in a highly urbanized watershed.

Check out the project webpage for more information about this exciting project...the birth of newly restored Four Mile Run!

NEWS ON THE FOUR MILE RUN RESTORATION PROJECT