News to Use Podcast Transcript: April 6, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for April 6, 2011.Coming up, learn about new guidelines being developed for permitting and regulation of athletic field usage, the ninth annual Culmore Cleanup, a ribbon-cutting for a new Liberty Swing at Clemyjontri Park, I-66 paving and the Elly Doyle Park Service Award. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services are soliciting public comment to help establish guidelines for permitting and regulation of athletic field use to determine the appropriate number of players who can use a field without a permit. Currently, that number is 40. To help guide decision-makers, public comments will be accepted until Monday, April 25. Comments can be sent by email to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or can be mailed to the Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927, Fairfax, VA 22035. For more information, contact the Park Authority at 703-324-8662 or Neighborhood and Community Services at 703-324-5522.
More than 200 volunteers from the Culmore area, including local businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations will participate in the ninth annual Culmore Cleanup on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will clean up trash and other debris from Route 7 and Patrick Henry Drive to Beachway Drive/Blair Road to Columbia Pike. From Columbia Pike the crews will continue to Route 7 and back to Patrick Henry Drive. All streets between these points will be included in the cleanup. Contact the Woodrow Wilson Library at 703-820-8774, ext. 4, to pre-register teams of volunteers. Participants should check in at 9 a.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church, to receive trash bags, a T-shirt and gloves. Coffee and light refreshments will be offered.
Clemyjontri Park in McLean, an 18.5-acre park developed as a unique accessible park, is known as a spectacular playground where children of all abilities can play together. Due to the generosity of several donors, the Friends of Clemyjontri Park and the Fairfax County Park Foundation, Clemyjontri Park will feature the Liberty Swing, a unique apparatus which makes it possible for all children to enjoy the freedom and delight of getting on a swing – even those in wheelchairs. On Saturday, April 16, at 9 a.m. the public is invited to join in the ribbon cutting celebration that will recognize donors who contributed toward the funding of the $104,000 project. Light refreshments will be served following the event. Clemyjontri Park is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority and opened in late 2006.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has begun a $48 million project to repair and resurface six and a half miles of badly deteriorated pavement on Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Route 50 in Fairfax County. To minimize impacts to motorists, all lane closures will take place at night – between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012. More information can be found on the VDOT website.
And finally, now is the time to recognize the people who make Fairfax County parks such wonderful places. You can acknowledge the generous gifts that volunteers give to Fairfax County residents, and parks, by nominating a deserving individual or group for the Elly Doyle Park Service Award. Details are online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.