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DRCA Receives Matching Funds for Pocket Park

More than $48,000 will go toward completing hardscape elements of popular park.

The Del Ray Citizens Association is partnering with the City of Alexandria to fund some of the remaining elements of the pocket park at the corner of E. Del Ray and Commonwealth avenues.

Working with Mayor Bill Euille and Councilman Justin Wilson, the DRCA board offered a $21,500 contribution for the park in hopes of receiving matching funds from the city to add trees and other segments of the park plan.

City Council obliged the DRCA’s request by slotting $27,400 for the park as part of its capital improvement plan approved earlier this month.

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The combined funds will allow the construction of a plaza with a labyrinth pattern, additional walkways, benches, signs and trees.

The purchase and installation of a new irrigation system and drinking fountain at the park remains unfunded, but the new funding allows the construction of an underground sleeving system that will support the installation of these amenities when more money becomes available.

The DRCA membership approved the use of the use of funds last week, though some members at the May meeting voiced opposition to using all the funding on just one project.

The DRCA’s share was pooled from funds raised during the 2008 and 2012 home and garden tours, its neighborhood beautification/tree fund, parks improvement fund and the Judy Lowe memorial fund.

The DRCA board is considering naming the park after Lowe, a longtime neighborhood resident and citizens association member who passed away in November 2011. The group had previously circulated a petition to name the Monroe Avenue Bridge after Lowe.

The tot lot at the park opened in August 2011.

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Dana Damico May 20, 2013 at 05:03 PM
This is fantastic news! This park is quite a gem already.
missmelanie_02@yahoo.com May 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Our Mom would be so delighted to be remembered by everyone in naming this Park after her. This is a neighborhood she LOVED with all her heart and only wanted it to grow in the family way. Every time I have been near this park, I see parents with their children enjoying friends and time in a lovely setting. That is what made my Mom's heart glow.
James Dunning May 21, 2013 at 03:48 AM
I hereby demand that this Pocket Pool Park come replete (pending funds) with not just cat, dog, and mouse friendly habitrails--but a giant cistern of used and failed city monies that instead should have been used for the Del Ray Trolley. This park comes at the expanse of the critical Del Ray Trolley line and as such may therein just whither away until such a time that the Del Ray Trolley may reconvene upon it.
DelRayRez May 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM
City paid $1 million for each parcel of land. Makes me wonder what's wrong with the playground areas just two blocks away at the Mt. Vernon Rec Center.
Michael May 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM
These "habitrails" as you call them are already in place, as are dedicated habitats for other God's creatures such as birds (otherwise known as trees) and insects (otherwise known as earth/dirt/grass/groundcover/etc) to name just a couple. As for the Del Ray Trolley line, while I do agree that another option for getting into Old Town would be appreciated there is the current DASH AT10 Bus Line that runs along Mt Vernon Ave, Monroe Ave and Commonwealth Ave to King Street Metro which connects to the Old Town Trolley (former Dash About).
Jimmy Deaton May 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Whatever happen to the elderly gentleman who used to have a vegetable garden located at this spot back in the '90's?. Should have become a community garden in his honor, after all there's plenty of playground equipment located a couple blocks north.

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