The City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is repaving sections of the path around the storm water pond at Ben Brenman Park, located at 4800 Brenman Park Drive in Alexandria. Work is scheduled to take place between August 31 and September 4. This type of work is weather sensitive and may be rescheduled or delayed.

Residents will see equipment in use and crews at work during the daytime and the repaved sections will be closed to pedestrian traffic. For your safety please use extra caution when moving around the site.

For additional information or questions about the work, contact Beth Znidersic, Urban Planner, or Ty Specht, Construction Manager at 202.266.3426.

Celebrating Earth Day in Alexandria, Virginia
The first Earth Day started on April 22, 1970, and today more than 1 billion people worldwide participate in activities each year, making it one of the largest civic observances in the world.

So, be sure to mark your calendar for Alexandria Earth Day 2015! This year’s celebration will be held at Ben Brenman Park, located at 4800 Brenman Park Drive in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

This year’s theme is It’s Your Turn to Lead. The event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages!

This year’s event will also feature the Upcycling Showcase, where students will showcase their creative interpretation of Earth day through literature, fashion, visual arts and performing arts.

DASH Bus is offering FREE rides on the AT 8 to the event. Click this link to print our your DASH Pass for Earth Day.

For more information on Earth Day in Alexandria, visit this link. To see photos from last year’s event, click this link.

Final Construction Phase

alexandria logoThe City of Alexandria has awarded a contract to Environmental Quality Resources LLC, of Millersville, Maryland for the construction of the second and final phase of Backlick Run stream embankment repairs.

This project is divided into two distinct construction sites located at the east and west ends of the existing concrete channel. The work on the east site, adjacent to Ben Brenman Park, located at 4800 Brenman Park Drive in Alexandria, involves concrete repairs to the spillway along with rip-rap placement downstream and on the embankments. The work on the west site involves replacement of the concrete embankment protection adjacent to Armistead L. Boothe Park, located at 520 Cameron Station Blvd in Alexandria.

Construction is anticipated to begin this month and continue for approximately 180 days. Construction access to the east site will be from Duke Street through Ben Brenman Park. Construction access to the west site will be from Edsall Rd. through Armistead L. Boothe Park via the park access drive.

For additional information, visit this link, or contact David Fehr with the Department of Project Implementation at 703.746.4060.

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The City of Alexandria is pleased to announce the opening of the 2014 Summer Concert Season at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4 at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr. featuring country music by the United States Navy Band Country Current. Admission is free.

Under the direction of Senior Chief Musician Keith Arneson, Country Current is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. This seven member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, New York, and New Orleans. They have performed at the Grand Ole Opry, for Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and overseas in Stockholm, Nova Scotia and Beijing. With a fun-filled and family-friendly stage show, Country Current has been delighting its fans for nearly 40 years with their musical virtuosity and humor.

Summer concerts highlight local talent and feature a wide range of music from flamenco to jazz and from pop rock to barbershop. All the performances are free and held outdoors featuring lawn seating, and attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets. Please leave pets at home. For a complete list of Summer Concerts, visit

Concerts cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For up to date information, call the City’s Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.

UpCycle - winner of the 2014 Ellen Pickering Award for Environmental Excellence

I’m a little late in posting this as the camera card I had these photos on wasn’t working on a couple of the computers I tried. Thankfully, I found one that worked.

Above, Kelley and Susan from UpCycle Creative Resource Center paused for a moment to snap a picture of the Ellen Pickering Award they won this year. In honor of this, a tree was planted in UpCycle’s honor. Well done Kelley and Susan!

The center, located in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, promotes and supports artistic expression, experiential learning, environmental awareness and community engagement through the collection and redistribution of reusable materials. Their collection of material blends creativity and fun with sustainability and is used in creative and artistic programs for all ages and is also resold to the public at reduced prices. The center provides a whole host of programs for teachers and parents. Click this link to learn more.

One of the most interesting items on display at Earth Day 2014 was the Covanta car which is powered by trash. Click this link to learn more.

Covanta electric car powered by trash in Alexandria, Virginia

Covanta electric car powered by trash in Alexandria, Virginia

For more photos from Alexandria’s Earth Day celebration, click this link.

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