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January 2019 Newsletter

posted Jan 16, 2019, 4:21 AM by c traband

This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  26th Street Task Force:  Submitted by Rob Topp, RSCA’s representative to the Task Force.

In September 2018, the County Board created a task force to provide a recommended master plan for the future use of the 7.6-acre site located at 26th Street N. and Old Dominion. The site currently contains the County’s salt dome and mulch distribution/leaf storage facilities. The task force is comprised of representatives from the four neighboring civic associations (including Rock Spring), St. Mary’s Church, Marymount University, and various country commissions. Meetings began in November and the task force plans to provide its report to the Board in April 2018. The meetings are open to the public and take place at Marymount University.

The Board’s charge to the task force mandates that the site contain at least the four following components: 1) salt storage capacity; 2) mulch distribution and leaf storage facilities; 3) a trail head for the Donaldson Run area; and 4) an open space or park. The location of these components within the site are not mandated. In addition, the task force can recommend how to construct these facilities as well as additional uses for the site.

If you are interested in further information, all materials provided at the meetings are also available to the public on the Arlington County website. (An internet search for “26/OD Task Force” will provide appropriate links.)

2.  Arlington Civic Federation:  Members voted to support a resolution questioning the Level of Service (LOS) methodology in Arlington County's draft Public Spaces Master Plan, also referred to as “Plan Our Public Spaces” (POPS).

An excerpt:

Because this methodology will determine future park and recreational investments, the resolution seeks to

  • withdraw the specific LOS athletic field recommendation, and

re-examine the LOS calculation method

  • incorporate best practices for LOS, to include the use of validated County data to verify its conclusions

  • explore additional measures to more efficiently allocate existing athletic field time among user groups, to include the replacement of the existing reservation system with a more reliable, accessible, user-friendly online database, and

  • ensure that the Department of Parks and Recreation prioritizes funding to

improve athletic field operation and maintenance ahead of building more athletic fields or devoting substantial funds into expensive infrastructure improvements such as synthetic turf and field lighting.

To read the full resolution, please see the Civic Federation Newsletter, scrolling down to page 4.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 5 at 7 pm in the Hazel Auditorium at Virginia Hospital Center.  The Arlington School Board will be the featured program

3.  Plot Against Hunger 6th Annual Spring Garden Kick-Off:  Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington 22201

Come learn how to support our partner Arlington Food Assistance Center with fresh produce from your garden or community plot. There will be presentations on seed starting, composting, and lasagna & container gardening; exhibit tables on winter gardening and edible landscapes; and demonstrations of fruit tree pruning.  Also available, free vegetable and herb seeds!

4.  Did you Miss the Christmas tree pick-up? Learn what to do (click underlined link)

5.  APS 2019 Kindergarten Information Night

Arlington Public Schools will hold Kindergarten Information Night on Monday, Jan. 28 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. (Snow Date: Feb. 4).  For more details, see .

6.  Winter activities for all ages at Arlington nature centers and parks!

Find out what Gulf Branch, Potomac Overlook and Long Branch Nature Centers and Fort C.F. Smith have planned for kids and adults this winter.  For information, see

7.  BEWARE:  Of increased phone and email scams since the beginning of the year.  From the Arlington County Police.

Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt