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July 2016 Newsletter

posted Jul 21, 2016, 6:25 PM by RockSpring CivicAssociation   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 10:52 AM ]

1.  Old Dominion Construction Update:
Arlington County is adding sidewalks on both sides of Old Dominion Drive (Route 309), making the road more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. Other project features include new curbs and gutters, installation of a storm water system, upgrades to transit stops and new traffic signals, street lights and street trees. Construction work hours within the roadway are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

New Updates

  • Washington Gas continues to work on trench restoration/asphalt base work. Traffic flow is reduced to one lane - crews will be onsite directing traffic.

  • Final paving work is anticipated to begin sooner than originally scheduled - new anticipated start date is summer/fall 2016.

  • Traffic barrier and slab are complete on top of large retaining wall at Rock Spring Road; work in progress with stone face finish for entire retaining wall.

  • Curb, gutter and sidewalks are complete on Old Dominion Drive between 30th St. N. & Rock Spring Road.

  • Curb, gutter and new traffic signal pole are almost complete at the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Williamsburg Blvd.

  • Construction work in front of Washington Golf County Club will be finished over the next few days.


We will continue to update our project page on the Arlington County website and construction photos are available on Flickr.   If you have questions regarding construction please contact Gerald Roberson, Construction Manager. For project details please contact Bill Roberts, Capital Project Manager.

2.  Williamsburg Field Usage

Recently, some neighborhood children were asked by a Parks and Recreation field monitor to stop playing on and leave the new artificial turf fields even though they were not in use.  The field use policy for the Williamsburg/Discovery fields was clarified by Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation after receiving questions from Rock Spring residents:

The two synthetic fields at Williamsburg Middle School are classified permit takes priority which means when there are no permitted activities on the field, it can be used for community/neighborhood non-structured activities.  Please note that all organized games and activities do require a permit to use the fields.  We will reiterate to all of the roving monitor staff so they are clear regarding the appropriate field classification for the two synthetic fields located on the Discovery/Williamsburg site.  Community/neighborhood use of the fields is always welcome when there are no permitted groups scheduled on the fields.

3.   County Street Lights Information
Keep your eyes open for more information from the County concerning what they plan to do about new street lights.  Reports indicate that LED street lighting brighter than 3000k (Arlington LED street lights are 5500k) has potential health effects.   If you have not seen this article, here is a link to a story about the AMA report that came out in June about LED lighting.  Please feel free to speak to your County Board members about this issue and their plans for our neighborhood.

4.  Free Movies in Arlington

Enjoy free outdoor movies in Arlington again this summer!  There are four different locations and movie schedules:

5.  Free Outdoor Concerts
Summer also brings free outdoor concerts to Arlington.

6.  Farmer’s Markets in Arlington
Arlington now has eight farmers markets and at least one is open every day of the week except Monday.   See for the complete list and links to the websites that include the day that each is open, hours, vendors, directions, and even recipes.

7.  Gardening Events
A couple of gardening events that you might enjoy.
Wednesday Evening Urban Gardening Programs:
Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St,  7 pm,
This series, taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, is designed to teach gardening skills to a wide audience. 

  • July 27       Soil Building, Composting, Compost Tea

No registration required. To confirm topic and room number, check the Arlington Library Events Calendar at or call the library at 703-228-5990.

  • Build Your Own Tumbling Composter Workshop:  Saturday, July 30, 2016, 1:30-4:30, $75.What would you say if I were to tell you that you can turn regular household kitchen and yard waste Skeptical? You should be, but where the ancient alchemists failed, we have succeeded! We can teach you too to turn what was once considered rubbish into valuable, prized organic humus: the veritable black gold of gardener lore! And how do we accomplish this amazing transformation? By harnessing the power of millions of natural microbes and putting them to work inside tumbler style composters.  Participants will start this workshop with a pile of recycled lumber, a recycled pickle barrel, and assorted screws and bolts, but you will leave with a fully functioning style composter! We will take you through the construction steps and also give you some primers on proper composting technique. The finished composter will hold 55 gallons of organic material. All lumber will be pre-cut and all tools and materials will be provided. The cost of the workshop is $75 and registration is limited to 15 people, although you may bring helpers to assist with the construction.  For more information

8.  Parks Activities:

  • Cool Creek Critters :  Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 - 11:30 am.  Donaldson Run Park, 4628 26th Street,   #642826-C
    Dress to get wet as we spend some time exploring waterfalls, trying to catch water striders, and taking a closer look at some creek critters. What do they have to tell   us? Do different streams in Arlington have different critters living in them? Be prepared to want to keep playing in the creek when the program ends! For information: 703- 228-3403.

  • Cricket Crawl Prep:  Wednesday, Aug. 17, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
    Adults ages 12 and up. Every summer we are serenaded by crickets and katydids. Learn to identify their different calls, how and why they sing, and more. Then help us census Arlington's cricket and katydid populations as we monitor our parks and backyards for 8 different species. For information, call 703-228-3403.  Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center.

  • Bat Fest:  Saturday, August 27, 6:30 - 9 pm. 
Enjoy a thoroughly batty evening and add to your knowledge of local night life! Live bat shows are presented by Leslie Sturges, Director of The Save Lucy Campaign, established to protect and conserve bats in this region. Registration for one of our live bat talks is required. All other activities are on-going from 6:30 thru 9 pm: habitat walks, games, crafts and much more! For information: 703-228-3403.Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center.  $8

Adults, teens, and families. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

6:30 - 7 pm, 30 minutes, for families with younger children. #642856-I

7:10 - 7:40 pm, 30 minutes, for families with younger children #642856-J

7:50 - 8:35 pm, 45 minutes, for adults and families with older children. #642856-K

8:45 - 9:30 pm, 45 minutes, for adults and families with older children. #642856-L

9.  Next Door, a social media site for Rock Spring residents is going gang busters.  Recommendations for services, requests for help, job opportunities, free items and borrowed items and much more is available when you join in.  Go to and enter your street address and email or look for Rock Spring.  You can set your preferences to have one email a day with all of the recent postings.  

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