Residents Celebrate a Community's Blossoming


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Aug. 20, 2004

 

An Acorn Grows in the Heart of Springfield:
Residents Celebrate a Community's Blossoming

 

From the smallest acorn of an idea planted four years ago, a revitalized central Springfield has taken root. Residents, elected officials and business leaders will march across the Amherst Avenue Bridge on Sept. 1 to celebrate a community’s blossoming.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., a parade will cross the beautified bridge, lined with vintage-style lampposts topped by acorn lights. Marchers will gather at the intersection of Bland Street and Amherst Avenue for an event officially called “Lighting the Heart of Springfield.” At the bridge’s other end, in the American Legion Plaza, the public celebration will continue until 9:30 p.m. Music and free refreshments will be offered.

This third annual walk originally grew from a drive to install lights on the bridge, better known to locals as Veterans Bridge. Because the bridge is the trunk connecting Springfield’s two commercial revitalization districts, community activists and Fairfax County Supervisor Dana Kauffman rallied around the project, which was part of the state’s plan for revamping the Springfield Interchange.

“Veterans Bridge is a community gateway, and our annual parade celebrates everything that makes our community a great place to call home,” said Kauffman, who represents the Lee District where the bridge is located.

Besides Kauffman, other political and business leaders will join the procession. Fairfax County Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, Delegate Vivian Watts, and Gerald Gordon, president of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, will attend, as well as representatives from Fort Belvoir.

The celebration will continue the push to keep the area vital. Approximately $1 million in bond funds will be spent this year for landscaping and streetscaping around the bridge.

Today, the bridge features acorn lights, wide sidewalks, a pedestrian stairway and an attractive facade. These architectural touches were revealed when the bridge reopened in 2001.

The Virginia Department of Transportation only intended to widen the bridge, which crosses over Old Keene Mill Road, during the second phase of construction on the Springfield Interchange. Community members, however, worried the mixing bowl project would sap the vitality from their neighborhoods and businesses. Working with Supervisor Kauffman, a coalition of community and business leaders persuaded VDOT to give the bridge a facelift as well. Residents believed the refurbished bridge would help draw shoppers to the area because the bridge is the artery between the two commercial districts.

Local businesses will participate in this year’s celebration. The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Baja Fresh, Paradise Ice Cream, TAGS and Talk of the Town will provide complimentary refreshments and prizes.

For more information about “Lighting the Heart of Springfield,” please contact Fairfax County Supervisor Dana Kauffman’s office at 703-971-6262, TTY 711.


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