City of Alexandria, VA
Manager's Report - September 7, 2012
Update: Union Street Corridor Parking Study for Waterfront Plan
As part of the implementation of the Waterfront Plan, the Waterfront Commission recently received two presentations on the Union Street Corridor Study, which outline various design alternatives to address multimodal transportation issues within the corridor. Concepts under consideration include widening sidewalks and extending tree wells into the parking lane in the core section of Union Street, curb extensions at the intersection of King and Union Streets and enhanced pedestrian and bicycle connection across Union Street at Windmill Hill Park. There will be a community meeting on September 19, at 5:30 p.m., in the Sister Cities Conference Room 1101 in City Hall to discuss design alternatives. The Old Town Area Parking Study Work Group continues its work to discuss and study parking management strategies and other related recommendations from the Waterfront Plan.
Community Invited to Participate in Development of a Benefits-Based Fee Policy for Recreation Programs and Services
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) is working with the consulting firm GreenPlay to train RPCA staff on how a benefits-based fee policy would work in Alexandria. RCPA plans to consider the use of a benefits-based “pyramid” methodology to recommend appropriate City tax dollar subsidies for the programs and services provided to the community. As a component of the planning process, GreenPlay will be conducting a series of community workshops for park and recreation stakeholders and users. Workshops are scheduled from Monday, September 10 through Thursday, September 13. Workshops will include a short presentation from GreenPlay explaining the pyramid methodology. Attendees will then participate in identifying where programs and other core services fit within the pyramid. For more information, call 703.746.5426.
Alexandria Library Celebrates 75th Anniversary September 8
On Saturday, September 8, Alexandria Library will officially celebrate the 75th anniversary of its opening to the public. The library opened as a free institution at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch in 1937. In recognition of this anniversary, all four library branches will feature guest performers and free events for residents of all ages on September 8.
Alexandria School Board Meetings Move to ACPS-TV
The Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) recently announced a plan to move the broadcast of School Board meetings from the City’s government cable channel (Comcast Channel 70) to their own ACPS-TV cable channel (Comcast Channel 71). The first School Board meeting to air on ACPS-TV is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m. During that time, a notice will also be placed on Channel 70 to inform viewers of the change and direct them to ACPS-TV for future broadcasts.
DiverseCity Alexandria Multicultural Fest
On Saturday, September 15, the City will host the first annual DiverseCity Alexandria Multicultural Fest celebrating the historic and cultural treasures of the region’s past, while embracing the new and exciting opportunities for the future. The event will be held at the expanded Four Mile Run Park at 4109 Mt. Vernon Ave., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come join a celebration of Alexandria’s diversity with your friends and family! For more information, call 703.746.5554.
Poverty Tour Comes to Alexandria September 13
Television and radio host Tavis Smiley and Princeton University Professor Emeritus Cornel West, co-hosts of public radio’s “Smiley & West,” are taking a road trip, “The Poverty Tour 2.0,” to highlight the plight of poor people of all races, colors and creeds. The event will be held on Thursday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the T.C. Williams High School Auditorium, 3330 King St. The tour will make stops in the election battleground states of Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida to demand that the eradication of poverty be a top priority in America. Registration is required for this event.