The Cook Advisory
May 9, 2013
Rabbit Branch Park Opens Saturday, May 11
Residents of the
Braddock District will soon have a new green space for their community,
and the public is invited to the celebration. Ribbon cutting ceremonies
will be held at the newly created Rabbit Branch Park on Saturday, May 11,
2013, at 10:00 a.m. Light refreshments will be served following brief
comments from Supervisor Cook and members of the community.
Fairfax County acquired the former Kings West
Swim Club in 2012 with the goal of creating a new park with a modern
stormwater management system. The old pool is gone, and a new open field
has replaced the club house and parking lot. The field, a pervious
surface rather than concrete, will now reduce stormwater runoff at the
park by roughly 10 percent. This will slow down stormwater runoff and
help reduce the effects of erosion in nearby Rabbit Branch. The park
is located at 4803 Tapestry Drive in Fairfax, Va. The Park Authority will
be assuming ownership of Rabbit Brach.
Supervisor Cook Named Co-Chair of Capital Working
Supervisor Cook has been named Co-Chair of the
new Board of Supervisors - School Board Capital Facilities and Debt
Management Working Group. The group was formed to help chart a fiscally
responsible path forward for the County in its facilities management and
The new group consists of three members of the
Board of Supervisors and three members of the School Board. Chairman
Bulova proposed the Working Group after a request from the School Board
for $25 million in additional capital spending authority for school
renovations. That request highlighted the growing gap between the
maintenance and funding needs of the County and schools and the
funding to meet those needs. The Working Group will also review debt
policy and facility management practices across the spectrum of County
and school buildings, as well as other facilities. The County and the
School Board share debt capacity and capital needs, both in new
facilities and renovations. The Working Group will examine how the County
and school system can meet their capital needs without negatively
impacting the County's AAA bond rating.
School Board member Kathy Smith (Sully) will
serve as the other co-chair of the Group.
Fly Your Flag for Lt. Robert Hess on Monday, May
1st Lt. Robert Hess will be buried at Arlington
Cemetery this Monday after serving his country honorably as a Blackhawk
helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. Lt. Hess was killed by enemy fire on
April 23 while deployed.
Lt. Hess was Bonnie Brae resident and Robinson
graduate, where he played football, lacrosse, and captained the swim
team. He served in the 10th Mountain Division and was awarded the Purple
Heart, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the NATO Medal, the Afghanistan
Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Achievement Medal, the
National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service
Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Aviator Badge.
Governor McDonnell ordered Virginia to fly the
U.S., Virginia and all county flags at half-staff on May 4th to honor Lt.
Hess. In addition, the County will be honoring his memory by flying its
flags at half-staff on Monday, May 13, the day of his burial. We also ask
that residents of Braddock and the County at large do their part to honor
his memory by flying their own personal flags on Monday.