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Park & Rec Commission NVRPA Lease Agreement Public Hearing Update

Public Hearing on Planning Process Framework

The Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comment on the planning process to determine the framework for future site improvements at Cameron Run Regional Park. This framework will include current and potential future amenities. The public hearing will occur on Thursday, June 23, 2016, 7:00 PM at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 901 Wythe Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

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We’ve obtained a letter from a source that is from the Alexandria, Virginia Parks and Recreation Commission which scolds the members of the Alexandria City Council for considering fast-tracking approval of a lease extension for Cameron Run Regional Park, located in the Eisenhower Valley of Alexandria.

The popular Cameron Run Regional Park has been leased to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) (Alexandria is a member) since 1981 and is zoned Public Open Space.

The problem, as the letter states, is the City has been considering renewing the lease for the park a full six (6) years before the lease is up. According to sources, and according to what we have read about the issue, NVRPA has apparently been strong-arming the City to renew the lease for another forty (40) years prior to making changes/improvements at the water park. The lease amount for the entire park is $0.25 per year for a total of $10.00 over the next forty (40) years.

The letter is 100% right – while the park is heavily used, does it meet the needs of the City? The demographics have certainly changed over time.

In our opinion, the City should SLOW down this process and be as deliberate and transparent as possible. Here’s why.

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