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City of Alexandria Announces Schedule of Services for 2016 Independence Day Holiday

All City of Alexandria, Virginia government offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

NOTE: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on July 4.  This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

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This Year’s Event for Dogs Large and Small

dog ready to go swimmingTreat your pooch to a late summertime dip at one of the City of Alexandria’s Annual Doggie Day Swims. For the first time, dogs under 25 pounds can enjoy a pool to themselves at Itty Bitty Doggie Dive on Sunday, September 13, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Charles Houston Recreation Center’s Memorial Pool, located at 901 Wythe Street in Alexandria. Dogs 25 pounds and up can enjoy Big Dog Day Swim on Saturday, September 19 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Old Town Pool, located at 1609 Cameron Street.

Following the end of the summer pool season, this annual event provides dogs with the opportunity to swim and play games in one of the City’s pools. This year, due to the generous donation by Your Dogs Best Friends, admission is FREE! Register Online Now to reserve your dog (Itty Bitty Doggie Dive: activity number 134390 or Big Dog Day Swim: activity number 134391).

Dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older, and cannot swim or enter the pool with their dogs. Dogs must be sociable and remain leashed while on the pool deck. All dogs should wear current vaccination tags or must have a current rabies certificate or letter from their veterinary stating that they have received the shots in order to gain entry to the event. Space is limited to 100 dogs in the pool area at one time.

For additional information, contact Ralph Baird, Aquatics Supervisor, at 703.746.5435 or visit this link.

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The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ pool operating schedules beginning Monday, August 24 will be as follows:

Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St.:

  • August 24 – September 6: Monday-Friday extended 3 hours per day
    • Monday – Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.
    • Labor Day: Monday, September 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • September 8-13: Season extended thanks in part to Alexandria Transit Company and their “Make A Splash with DASH” partners.
    • Monday – Thursday 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Saturday – Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.

Memorial Pool, 901 Wythe St.

  • August 24 – September 6:
    • Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.
    • Labor Day: Monday, September 7: Last day of pool season 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rixse Pool, Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility, 3210 King St.:

  • August 24 – September 6:
    • Monday – Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Labor Day: Monday, September 7: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • September 8-13: Closed for Annual Maintenance and Cleaning

For additional information on City of Alexandria aquatic facilities, visit this link.

Long Bridge Park rendering

Given the lack of space in Alexandria, and the fact that Alexandria has had to shutter some pools recently, I’m thinking this partnership is a great idea. Arlington County put the construction of the facility on hold when planned construction costs were deemed too high.What say you?

In a press release issued this morning, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria plan to ask their residents if their governments should explore the possibility of a partnership to develop an aquatics, health and fitness facility at Long Bridge Park to meet the recreation interests of both communities.

“If the synergy is there, and both communities are interested, we will explore this further,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hughes Hynes. “Partnerships are just one of the many creative ways we are approaching the development of our facilities and programs.”

Both jurisdictions to survey their residents

Both jurisdictions will survey residents as part of needs assessments for their respective park and recreation systems. Alexandria is asking residents this summer about their interest in collaborating with Arlington to develop an aquatics, health and fitness facility at Long Bridge Park. Arlington will do the same this fall as part of its community discussions to update its Public Spaces Master Plan.

A question included in the Alexandria survey asks about community interest in “a proposal to partner with Arlington County on development of a 50-meter pool at Long Bridge Park. This would be done instead of the expansion of the facility at Chinquapin Park.”

Arlington’s fall survey will ask a similar question. If both communities show an interest, the next step will be to consider cost and operational questions, and report to respective leadership.

Arlington Board interested in partners for Long Bridge Park

In March, the Arlington County Board asked the County Manager to seek broad public input to review Phase 2 of the 2013 Long Bridge Park Master Plan. The fall survey will be the Department of Parks and Recreation’s broadest outreach effort. Phase 2 includes the aquatics, health and fitness facility; 10 acres of parkland; continuation of the esplanade; and more environmental remediation. The County Board further instructed the County Manager to continue to seek partners for the project.

Park improvements continue

Meanwhile, the County continues to improve Long Bridge Park. The County Board voted unanimously in June to begin construction of playgrounds on three lawn areas at the south end of Long Bridge Park between 6th Street South and the sports fields. The $1.082 million contract — including $90,000 for contingencies — will provide play equipment for children ranging in age from two to 12 years. Children helped design the new playgrounds, which will include a cooling “fog” system, sculpted play forms, a tunnel, bridges, a shade structure covering the pre-school area, accessible paths, benches and fencing. The playgrounds complete the southern portion of the park with a much-needed, family-friendly amenity; these should open in the third quarter of 2016.

Background

Long Bridge Park is an approximately 30-acre park in Crystal City, overlooking the Potomac River. Close to 10,000 people celebrated July 4 at the park this year. Long Bridge, once a brownfield and industrial wasteland, is now a sustainable park that offers stunning views of the Capital monuments, together with three full-size, multi-sport, lighted, rectangular synthetic-turf fields (home of Marymount University soccer and lacrosse teams); a network of walkways with an esplanade; and a striking public art feature, Wave Arbor.

(Image credit: Hughes Architects)

alexandria logoAll Alexandria City government offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

NOTE: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on May 25. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

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Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Rec Center in Alexandria, VirginiaBeginning Saturday, June 21, the City’s outdoor pools are open daily.

The Old Town Pool and Warwick Pool are open from noon to 7 p.m. The Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Rec Center is open from noon to 6 p.m. Prefer to be out of the sun? The Chinquapin Aquatics Facility is open Monday-Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday & Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about Alexandria, Virginia pools, visit this link.

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