Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program Awardees
Aug. 20, 2008
- Funding awarded to 25 out of 48 proposals.
- Neighborhood Enhancement Program developed to encourage partnership between the county and neighborhood-based organizations to assist in enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods.
Fairfax County’s Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program recently awarded funding to 25 proposals totaling $94,682. These proposals will leverage a total of $221,678 in community funds, which include cash and volunteer labor.
Among the proposals awarded funding by the Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program are:
Pimmit Run Access - $2,300
Chain Bridge Forest Association, in the Dranesville District, will improve wooded land along Pimmit Run and enhance access to the area by clearing undergrowth, restoring plantings and beautifying the tributary to Pimmit Run. The area will be maintained by semi-annual clean up sessions by neighborhood volunteers.
A Community Pavilion
The Ilda Recreation Association, in conjunction with the Little Run Citizen’s Association, will install a community pavilion to provide a focal point for future community activities.
Tot Lot Expansion - $5,000
Dunleigh Homeowners Association, in the Braddock District, plans to expand and renovate its tot lot to provide an attractive, safe common area for Dunleigh children to play and for neighbors to meet. In addition to the renovation of existing tot lot equipment, including age-appropriate safety upgrades and graffiti removal, the project calls for a new playground area designed for 5-12-year-olds, an accessible path for strollers and older adults, and a community wide celebration event for outreach to international members of the community.
Building Livable Space - $2,376
Oakbrook Community Council, in the Springfield District, will enhance common areas by installing commercial-grade benches in grassy areas, adding gravel to paths along the property’s wooded area and installing a durable welcome sign.
People, Planet, Prosperity - $5,000
Parklawn Civic Association, Mason District, will improve their community by installing a gateway sign, making improvements to Glasgow Park, establishing regular clean up crews, beautifying the parkway with perennials and sustaining the improvements by educating the community on environmental stewardship.
The Neighborhood Enhancement Program was developed as a tool to encourage partnership between the county and neighborhood-based organizations to assist in enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods. A total of $100,000 was budgeted for this program in FY 2009. During the month of July 48 proposals were received from homeowners, civic and neighborhood-based associations requesting almost $200,000 in funds.
A citizen committee of Neighborhood College and Citizen Police Academy graduates were the selection advisory committee and reviewed each proposal based on established criteria. The committee discussed the merits of each proposal and reached consensus on the proposals that would be funded this cycle.
For additional information about the Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program and a list of awardees, contact David Ellis in the County Executive’s Office at 703-324-3501.
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