Friday, September 18, 2015

Have Books to Donate? Bring them to 4MRMarket!

Two more weeks left!!

Have Books to Donate?  Bring them to 4MRMarket

The 3rd Annual Four Mile Run Farmers' & Artisans Market Book Sale will take place Sunday October 18th with ALL proceeds benefiting the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria!

Bring any unwanted books to the 4MRMarket on Sundays between 9am and 1pm now through October 11th.

Contact Nathalie at for more information.

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Four Mile Summer Movie Festival conclude TONIGHT!!

The Four Mile Summer Movie Festival conclude 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). 

Screening this evening: Cool Runnings

Look for the film to begin at dusk.

4th Annual Alexandria Multicultural Fest on Saturday, September 12

The City of Alexandria hosts the 4th Annual Alexandria Multicultural Fest on Saturday, September 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at Conservatory Center at Four Mile Run, 4109 Mt. Vernon Ave. Admission is free and the event will take place rain or shine. 

Designed to bring community members together to celebrate Alexandria’s diversity, Alexandria Multicultural Fest features entertainment for all ages including live music and activities representing the region’s cultures. Performances include music from “Rainbow Rock Band,” “­­Black Royal Band” and “Rebk N Joseph,” as well as a variety of dance styles. Free games, demonstrations and activities will highlight a broad range of cultures and a wide variety of crafts and cuisines will be available for purchase. 

“Rainbow Rock Band,” featuring Kate Moran as the Rainbow Lady, will perform interactive Pop Rock children’s songs where kids can play instruments along with the band. “Black Royal Band” will perform their blend of old school funk and rock with a touch of DC’s original sound dubbed Go-Go. Salvadorans “Rebk N Joseph” will perform bachata music in the traditional Latin style.  

For more information, visit or contact Angela Redfearn, Recreation Coordinator, at703.746.5554 or

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chief Cook's Community Walk through Arlandria, Thursday, August 13th.

Meet with Police Department Command along Mt Vernon Avenue this Thursday evening.

The Alexandria Police Department has planned a "Community Walk with the Chief" for Thursday evening, August 13th from 6:30pm until 7:30pm.

Police Chief Earl Cook will walk the Arlandria neighborhood to talk with residents and business owners about any questions and concerns they have regarding the community.

The tour commences at 6:30pm at the intersection of West Glebe Road and Mt Vernon Avenue and will proceed down the Avenue along with other Police Department commanders.

Alexandria and Arlington Consider Aquatics and Fitness Center Partnership

Arlington, Alexandria to Gauge Community Interest in Long Bridge Park Partnership

In a press release this morning, Arlington County announced that it is considering a partnership with the City of Alexandria in order to seek "creative solutions for aquatics and fitness facilities in the region" while Arlington continues to improve Long Bridge Park. 

The unique partnership would help advance desires in both communities to solve their recreational facility needs. Both jurisdictions have faced challenges recently. Arlington's planned facility at Long Bridge Park was halted by unforeseen rises in construction cost estimates, while Alexandria has shuttered neighborhood pools due to maintenance problems. Alexandria's goal of creating a 50-pool could be met with such a partnership in a joint facility in nearby Crystal City. 

Here's the rest of the press release from Arlington County:

Arlington County and the City of Alexandria plan to ask their residents if their governments should explore the possibility of a partnership to develop an aquatics, health and fitness facility at Long Bridge Park to meet the recreation interests of both communities.

“If the synergy is there, and both communities are interested, we will explore this further,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hughes Hynes. “Partnerships are just one of the many creative ways we are approaching the development of our facilities and programs.”

Both jurisdictions to survey their residents

Both jurisdictions will survey residents as part of needs assessments for their respective park and recreation systems. Alexandria is asking residents this summer about their interest in collaborating with Arlington to develop an aquatics, health and fitness facility at Long Bridge Park. Arlington will do the same this fall as part of its community discussions to update its Public Spaces Master Plan.

A question included in the Alexandria survey asks about community interest in “a proposal to partner with Arlington County on development of a 50-meter pool at Long Bridge Park. This would be done instead of the expansion of the facility at Chinquapin Park.”

Arlington’s fall survey will ask a similar question. If both communities show an interest, the next step will be to consider cost and operational questions, and report to respective leadership.

Arlington Board interested in partners for Long Bridge Park
In March, the Arlington County Board asked the County Manager to seek broad public input to review Phase 2 of the 2013 Long Bridge Park Master Plan. The fall survey will be the Department of Parks and Recreation’s broadest outreach effort. Phase 2 includes the aquatics, health and fitness facility; 10 acres of parkland; continuation of the esplanade; and more environmental remediation. The County Board further instructed the County Manager to continue to seek partners for the project.

Park improvements continue

Meanwhile, the County continues to improve Long Bridge Park. The County Board voted unanimously in June to begin construction of playgrounds on three lawn areas at the south end of Long Bridge Park between 6th Street South and the sports fields. The $1.082 million contract — including $90,000 for contingencies — will provide play equipment for children ranging in age from two to 12 years.

Children helped design the new playgrounds, which will include a cooling “fog” system, sculpted play forms, a tunnel, bridges, a shade structure covering the pre-school area, accessible paths, benches and fencing. The playgrounds complete the southern portion of the park with a much-needed, family-friendly amenity; these should open in the third quarter of 2016.


Long Bridge Park is an approximately 30-acre park in Crystal City, overlooking the Potomac River. Close to 10,000 people celebrated July 4 at the park this year. Long Bridge, once a brownfield and industrial wasteland, is now a sustainable park that offers stunning views of the Capital monuments, together with three full-size, multi-sport, lighted, rectangular synthetic-turf fields (home of Marymount University soccer and lacrosse teams); a network of walkways with an esplanade; and a striking public art feature, Wave Arbor.