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Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 | 2 comments

Help Del Ray Build a Spray Park

Help Del Ray Build a Spray Park

If you pass by the Colasanto Park at the corner of Mt Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues, you’ve probably wondered why the pool, in such a prime location, sits closed. Well, you’re not alone. There is a group of Del Ray citizens, led by Nancy Lee-Reeve, eager to make the most of the space. They want to convert the pool into a proper “gateway” to Del Ray complete with a spray park with fountains and sprinklers for kids of all ages. “On hot summer days, we are reminded of what could be if we work together as a community to make this spray park happen. This pool has been an eyesore for way too long,” says Nancy. The pool closed in 2010 due to under-utilization and although it is slated to be redeveloped, that isn’t in the city plans until 2022. To speed up the process, Nancy launched a petition which states: “The pool and the surrounding area are the gateway to Del Ray. We’d like the City of Alexandria...

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 | 3 comments

Parks and Rec: Jefferson-Houston Playground and Field

Parks and Rec: Jefferson-Houston Playground and Field

Construction on the Jefferson-Houston playground and turf field ended earlier this year, but I visited for the first time last weekend for my son’s soccer game. It’s a fabulous addition to the neighborhood and worth a visit even if your kids don’t attend the school. The field faces Cameron Street with parking along the street or in the lot behind the Old Town Pool. It’s also a block away from King Street Metro. In addition to the enormous turf field, there are three gated playground areas, a basketball court, several shade sails covering picnic tables and educational signs along the path. We’re looking forward to a great season of soccer here at Jefferson-Houston! For more local play spaces, check out our series on Del Ray area parks and...

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Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Parks and Rec: Old Town Pool

Parks and Rec: Old Town Pool

With Del Ray’s Warwick Pool temporarily closed for repairs, many of us are looking for alternate summer cooling options. Stepping in, one of our favorite summer spots, the Old Town Pool. Thanks to a special new partnership, getting to the Old Town Pool is now a lot easier. More than 20 local businesses, along with the support of the USA Swimming Foundation – Make a Splash, are sponsoring free rides during July, August and through Labor Day weekend on DASH’s AT 10 route which runs from Potomac Yard to King St Metro making several stops along Mt Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. During the week, the pool is open from noon – 8 p.m. and on the weekend from noon – 7 p.m.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids. There is plenty of open space for kids to play, lap lanes and a diving board, all with views of the Masonic Temple and the fabulous new playground at Jefferson Houston School. For the little ones, there’s also a...

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Early Spring at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market

Early Spring at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market

We’re happy to report the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market is back! Yesterday was the first day of the 2015 season, which will run Sundays through October at Four Mile Run Park. There were plenty of food offerings — vegetables, herbs, cheese, jam, bread, coffee and gourmet hot sauce. We also saw a friendly Del Ray face, Kremena, who was selling her homemade Bulgarian pastries. The artisans tend to vary each week but yesterday we found eco-friendly soap, flowers and handwoven linens. You can also count on a different musician each week, a wide open space for kids to ride bikes and tables and chairs to sit and enjoy a pour-over coffee, perhaps, in the warm morning sun. We look forward to another great season at Four Mile...

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 | 1 comment

Del Ray Parks and Rec: Potomac Yard Workout Trail

Del Ray Parks and Rec: Potomac Yard Workout Trail

A few weeks ago, I noticed from the window of the Metro train on my commute home that there were several bright green stations on the walking trail that connects Braddock Road Metro to Monroe Ave. I found out these are workout stops, part of the overall plan for the new Potomac Yard Park. Each stop, accessible for kids and adults, comes with instructions for use and a soft surface. The lower section of the trail near the Braddock Metro Station still needs some work. But the upper part of the trail close to Monroe Ave and Bell Del Ray is landscaped and the pavement is marked. Up at Monroe, you can cut left and head over to Del Ray or continue north to the rest of Potomac Yard. We look forward to adding these workout stops and a little variation to our morning...

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