Colosanto Pool in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia (Photo credit: Petition site)

(Photo credit: Petition site)

The Nicholas A. Colasanto Pool in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, which was closed in 2010 for under utilization (PDF), is planned to be turned into an interactive fountain/kids splash park in 2022. This is part of an Aquatics Study that was performed in 2012 (PDF).

There is a online petition that has been started in the Del Ray community urging the Alexandria City Council to approve funds sooner (2017) than later (2022). In my view, the City should act NOW, instead of later to approve funds for this. Since the closing, the pool has become a blight and the City Council should act to make the Colosanto Pool area great again.

After all, staff said in the budget memo at the first link

Recreation Department staff will initiate a comprehensive review of its outdoor pool program in the coming months. Staff will consider suggestions provided by Council during the Fiscal Year 2010 budget development process and will work to gather input from pool users during the 2009 pool season to incorporate in the Department’s comprehensive plan. Staff will provide Council with a report of its findings and recommendations by the Fall of 2009.

As far as I can tell, that report never happened until the Aquatics study was done. The youth in the Del Ray area and surrounding community deserve better. The pool has been closed far too long. I signed the petition and hope you will too. The kids in the Del Ray community deserve better.

What do you think?

Via Change.org

Del Ray’s Colasanto Pool has been shut-down since 2010. The pool and the surrounding area are the gateway to Del Ray. We’d like the City of Alexandria to turn the Colasanto Pool and Park into a kids splash park and true gateway to one of the city’s most beloved and vibrant neighborhoods! This project already has funds appropriated in 2022. By that time, the pool will have been closed for over a decade! We want to convince the city to accelerate funding and greenlight the project in 2017! That can’t happen without your support!

Del Ray is a special place that we all love. Without your support this project will wait at least another 6 years and may never get off the ground! Please show your support by signing the petition and letting the Mayor and the City Council know how much this means to us, their constituency.

On the way to last night’s Alexandria Aces game at Frank Mann Field, I started getting quite a lot of texts, emails, Facebook messages (more than 3 dozen) about a serious multi-vehicle (4 cars) accident at Commonwealth Avenue and E. Monroe Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported in the accident.

Everybody who messaged me wanted to know where the Alexandria Police (APD) were after being called. I got reports of Police taking 45 minutes to get to the scene (6:45 PM – 7:30 PM) and that traffic was ‘a bad mess in the area’ (why I dubbed it a ‘serious’ accident).

So, I reached out to an insurance friend of mine and APD on this incident for comment.

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Lots of Red, Red Bikes

New Capital Bikeshare Station Proposed

Capital Bikeshare users will soon have another place to share bikes, this time in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Alexandria, Virginia’s newest location for bicycle sharing is proposed at E. Oak and Commonwealth Avenue in the neighborhood (see below). The stand will be located about six (6) blocks north of the King Street – Old Town Metro Station. The proposal is going before tonight’s Traffic & Parking Board at 7:30 pm at City Hall.

Alexandria currently has nineteen Capital Bikeshare stations and the system has been very popular with residents and visitors to Alexandria, with over 105,000 trips departing from Alexandria stations since the program began.

Thirteen more stations have been ordered and are scheduled for installation this summer.

For more information on this proposal, call 703.746.4142.

(Flickr Pool photo via Geoff Livingston, on Flickr)

Check out this home for sale at 901 Commonwealth Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia

For Sale in Alexandria, Virginia

This beautiful 2 bedroom, 1  bath rambler home is for sale and located at 901 Commonwealth Avenue in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. There’s an open house at this location TODAY (Sunday, May 15), from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To see a list of other open houses around Alexandria, click this link.

Via the listing

OPEN SUN 1-4pm! You’ll love this updated 2 bedroom duplex in Rosemont. Featuring a gorgeous kitchen w/ granite counters, solid wood cabinets, & SS applncs. Updated bathroom w/ travertine tile. Unfinished basement w/ laundry + tons of storage. Newer windows, hardwood floors, large attic for extra storage. Lovely patio. Off street parking. Amazing location – Walk to metro, Old Town, Del Ray, & more!

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

Alexandria Police
UPDATE (4:52 PM): This case has been upgraded to a homicide investigation.

UPDATE (4:40 PM): Multiple sources confirm the suspicious death investigation involves a body that was found in the stream area across from the Mann Field third base. As I speculated below, this may be tied to the young man who was reported missing this week and who was last seen in the park. Police have not confirmed that as yet.

UPDATE (1:04 PM): Chief Cook on scene.

UPDATE (1:03 PM): Here’s hoping the body that has been found is not this young man.


The Alexandria Police Department is conducting a suspicious death investigation in Four Mile Run Park. Expect police activity in the Arlandria neighborhood area on Commonwealth Avenue.

This makes the fourth death investigation this year. We’ll update the post as more becomes available.

(Image via @AlexandriaVAPD on Twitter)

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Due to the deterioration of the roadway and crew availability, the City of Alexandria has determined that E. Glebe Road between Route 1 and Commonwealth Avenue needs to be repaved as soon as possible due to its current condition.

Therefore, the paving will begin on Monday, November 9 and last approximately one week.

During all times of construction, at least one lane will remain open for reversible traffic, maintained by traffic control and flaggers.

After the paving is complete, the center line will be marked with temporary tape so that thermoplastic can be installed at a later date, most likely in the Spring, after the public outreach has been completed to determine other improvements to the road, such as bike facilities and crosswalks.

The City is planning to do a “Complete Streets” project for the street in the Spring of 2016, and there will be public outreach with the Lynhaven community this Winter to begin discussion on the additional needs for the road.

For more information, contact Jeff DuVal, Deputy Director of Operations  at 703.746.4103.

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