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July 2017 Newsletter

posted Jul 17, 2017, 2:50 PM by c traband

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

Mark Your Calendars:  Thursday, October 19 will be the annual meeting for Rock Spring Civic Association at Discovery Elementary School.  The invited speakers from the Lee Highway Alliance will be sharing the latest developments for Lee Highway and its future direction.

Additionally at this meeting, there will be elections for the Rock Spring Civic Association Executive Board members, including officers.  If you would be interested in becoming a Board Member, please email

Williamsburg Median Project Update:  The pre-construction meeting with the contractor was scheduled for early July.   Construction is anticipated to begin in early August.

Neighborhood Conservation Projects:   Rock Spring, like other neighborhoods in Arlington, is able to suggest projects that will enhance the safety, beauty and/or efficiency of our neighborhood.  Some of the past projects include street improvements for pedestrian safety, road safety, beautification and environmental improvements. We have a street lighting project in the process now.  If you have suggestions for projects you would like to see completed in your area of Rock Spring, please contact

County Board Action:

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area:  The County Board accepted an update to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area map.  Some households were added and some removed.  To find out more about your status or if you need additional information about a stream in your area, contact Christin Jolicoeur, (703) 228-3588,

North Sycamore Street:   Improvements accepted include narrowing Sycamore from 4 lanes to 2 between Williamsburg Blvd and North 26th St.  See project information for N. Sycamore St. in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

WMS Field Lights Update:  On June 30, 2017, the County Manager made his recommendation on the Williamsburg field lights.  See his recommendation at:  This was in response to the February 2017 report of the Workgroup (WFWG) appointed in 2015 to evaluate whether or not to light the Williamsburg synthetic fields.  The WFWG final report did not make a unanimous recommendation - the two views were "opposed to lights" and "open to lighting".(  9 members of the WFWG were opposed to the installation of lights at the Williamsburg fields, including all 3 members of the Rock Spring Civic Association.  (In May 2017, the Rock Spring Civic Association Board reiterated the Civic Association’s strong opposition to field lights at WMS.  RSCA past-president, Carl Cunningham, had previously expressed this at the September 20, 2013 County Board Meeting.) The remaining 5 members of the WFWG favored lights on the fields.  On June 30th, 2017, the County Manager's recommendation was to "light the two synthetic fields at the Williamsburg School Campus."  See for more details on the work by the Workgroup.

The County Board will vote on the County Manager's recommendation as part of either the September 16th County Board meeting or the September 19th recessed Board meeting.  Prior to the County Board meeting vote, 4 County commissions will consider and vote on the County Manager's recommendation (see page 25 of County Manager's recommendation for July and September Commission meeting dates and for details on those meetings).  These meetings, as well as the September County Board meetings are open to the public.  See for times and locations of Commission meetings.

Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC):   Join JFAC members and County and Arlington Public Schools staff for an informational briefing on bus parking in Arlington.  Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m., County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., 3rd Floor.

Help Arlington Plan for Parks and Recreation Places and Spaces: The Department of Parks and Recreation is revising the Public Spaces Master Plan.  The purpose of the PSMP Update is to assess various aspects of Arlington’s public space system and provide strategies for the future for the full breadth of public spaces, including all of the parks, natural resource and recreational needs that make up that system. The community and park and recreation stakeholders will be fully engaged in the process.   We want your input!   Read the Draft and share your comments by August 11.

Parks and Recreation:  It's Our Birthday!  Come Play With Us! On Sat., July 22, Arlington's Department of Parks and Recreation will turn 73 years old. We have lots going on this summer and invite you to participate. Old or young, artist or athlete, there's something for everyone in Arlington County Parks.  Explore our calendar of activities for the month of July or view our programs, activities and centers online.

River Palooza 2017:  This season-long event is designed to provide families and river enthusiasts with memorable on-the-water experiences that build a deep and enduring appreciation for rivers. This event is organized by Potomac Riverkeeper Network.  The next scheduled events include: July 21, 2017 — Shenandoah River Fishing Trip.  For more information, see

Crickets and Katydids:  August 11, 7:30-8:30.  Adults. 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 eight different species. The survey itself, or Cricket Crawl, will take place later in August. Teens ages 12 and up are welcomed, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information visit Cricket Crawl Prep:  DC or call 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Registration Required.

Outdoor Movies at Market Commons in Clarendon:  Free, family-friendly flick every Thursday in July:  http:/

Sing - July 20

Back to the Future - July 27

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