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New Walkway Improves Pedestrian Access to Spring Hill RECenter
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on April 21, 2016, to celebrate completion of a new walkway across the traffic island located at the intersection of Spring Hill Road and Lewinsville Road in McLean, Virginia.
The intersection is one of the busiest in McLean -- blocks from Tysons and abutting both the Spring Hill RECenter and Spring Hill Elementary School -- and the absence of a walkway on the traffic island has long been a safety obstacle. The traffic island was previously owned by Dominion Virginia Power. It deeded the property to Fairfax County without compensation, allowing the new walkway to be built.
“Completion of the new trail connection is a wonderful improvement that provides safe pedestrian access to the RECenter from the surrounding communities,” said Marcellous Cooper, Manager of the Spring Hill RECenter.
Pictured from left to right are: Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Carolyn Moss and Tim Sargeant, Representatives, Dominion Virginia Power; Irv Auerbach, President, Lewinsville Coalition; and Marcellous Cooper, Manager, Spring Hill RECenter.
Earth Day Ceremony Marks Unveiling of LEED Designation
On Earth Day, Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth, Park Authority Board Vice Chairman Ken Quincy, and Director of Park Planning and Development David Bowden joined with RECenter staff to unveil the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Silver Designation plaque at Oak Marr RECenter in Oakton, Va. This achievement caps one of the Park Authority’s newest building expansions, and highlights the agency’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship in all aspects of our growing park system.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy numerous environmental prerequisites.
The 12,500 square-foot addition at Oak Marr features such sustainable design elements as:
- A white-colored roof membrane, energy efficient and controllable HVAC equipment, energy efficient building insulation, low emissive glazing and LED lighting combined with occupancy sensors that contribute to an approximate 22 percent energy usage reduction.
- Water-efficient landscaping through the use of native or adaptive species that save water by requiring no additional irrigation once established.
- A bio-retention facility that cleans storm water runoff.
In addition, approximately 20 percent of the materials used in the project came from recycled components. These features not only preserve natural resources and promote energy efficiency and conservation, they also yield cost savings to county taxpayers through reduced operating costs.
Pictured holding the blue cloth, from left to right: Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (Providence), Oak Marr RECenter Manager Kirt Chase and Park Board Vice-Chairman Ken Quincy (Providence). Others in the photograph include, from left to right: Terra Bazemore, Lauren Geigan, Delia Valentine, Cathy Kahill, Eric Inman, Megan Beadencup, Tom Buckley, Robert Arguinzoni, and Melanie Champ.
Exceptional Volunteers Honored at Ellanor C. Lawrence
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park honored three of its volunteers with a reception at the Walney Visitor Center on February 26, 2016.
Volunteer beekeeper and Chantilly resident David Gnilka received the Donald F. Early Award for his year-round efforts to help maintain the park’s hive and keep the bees healthy. As a boy, Gnilka helped his father keep bees. He renewed his interest in beekeeping at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (ECLP) after his retirement. Gnilka purchased his own veil, hive tools and smoker, and has pitched in by cleaning, repairing and painting, donating his own paint and sander. When the hive was producing, he even helped fill and label the park’s very own honey bears to sell in the gift shop. The award was named for Donald F. Early, who had been a volunteer beekeeper at the park from 1988-1992.
Jill Chestnut of Chantilly and Amanda Kronimus of Centreville received Very Important Volunteer honors. Chestnut, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was credited with growing the park’s Kid’s Korner program and praised for maintaining high quality school programs. Kronimus, a student volunteer, was praised for her work as an animal caregiver and junior park naturalist. She was cited for her dedication and a can-do attitude. Sully District’s new representative to the Park Board, Maggie Godbold, was on hand to congratulate the volunteers and thank them for their efforts.
Pictured from left to right are: Amanda Kronimus, winner, Very Important Volunteer Award; Maggie Godbold, Sully District Representative, Park Authority Board; David Gnilka, winner, Donald F. Early Award.
Groundbreaking Celebration Held at McNaughton Fields
About 50 people, many proudly sporting Woodlawn Little League (WLL) ball caps, attended the groundbreaking ceremonies on Saturday, January 30, 2016 for the major renovation of the baseball fields at McNaughton Park in Alexandria, Virginia.
Next to towering mounds of snow, public officials, little league players, parents and coaches raised steaming cups of coffee and hot chocolate to celebrate the impending upgrade of fields that have been used by Woodlawn Little League since the 1960s. Speakers included Mount Vernon District Supervisor Daniel G. Storck, Park Authority Board Member Linwood Gorham (Mount Vernon), President of the Woodlawn Little League Dennis Dunn, and Virginia State Senator Scott A. Surovell.
Work will include the demolition of the four existing fields and facilities, site re-grading and construction of four new lighted and irrigated diamond fields – a 90-foot diamond, one 60/70-foot diamond with a grass infield, one 60/70 diamond with a skinned infield and one 60-foot diamond with a skinned infield. Amenities will include covered dugouts, bullpens, batting cages, bleachers and fencing. A 173-space parking lot will also be added.
Utility connections will also be provided for future restrooms and a concession stand. This will allow for a Park Authority partnership with WLL for construction of these additional facilities when funding becomes available. Work is expected to be completed by December 2016 with the fields reopening for play in April 2017.
Pictured (adults holding shovels, left to right): Park Authority Board Member Linwood Gorham (Mount Vernon), Virginia State Senator Scott A. Surovell, President of the Woodlawn Little League Dennis Dunn, Administrator for Virginia District 9 Little League John Donaldson and Mount Vernon District Supervisor Daniel G. Storck.