The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) – in collaboration with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Neighborhood and Community Services, New Gum Springs Civic Association, Gum Springs Advisory Board and the Fairfax County Park Foundation – cut the ribbon on a new playground at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Alexandria, Va. The celebration was held on Saturday, November 20, 2021.
The $212,000 playground replacement project included demolition of the existing playground, design and installation of a new playground that meets all current safety standards, installation of new safety surfacing, drainage, benches and fencing, plus the creation of an accessible route to the playground from the parking lot. The playground features two modular structures for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, swing sets including two expression swings, one ADA swing and three belt swings, free-standing units, including a balance beam, interactive panels, a wrinkle wall, beat club, single tower, surfboard and music ball.
Pictured from left to right: Isabel Villarroel, FCPA Project Manager; Roberta Longworth, Fairfax County Park Foundation Executive Director; Joe Cox, Cunningham Recreation; Lloyd Tucker, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services Director; Dawn Lucas, Gum Springs Advisory Board President; Linwood Gorham, Park Authority Board Mount Vernon Representative; Melissa Emory, Special Projects Branch Manager; Shirley Short, volunteer; Dan Storck, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Mount Vernon Representative; Queenie Cox, New Gum Springs Civic Association President; Jai Cole, FCPA Executive Director; Bo Machayo, Northern Virginia Regional Director, Office of Senator Mark Warner; Zeena Saliba, Outreach Coordinator, Office of Congressman Don Beyer; William Douglas, FCPA Park Operations Area 3 Manager; Michael Gailliot, Fairfax County Park Foundation Board Chair; Richard West, maintenance worker; Tom Manuel, motor equipment operator; Andres Marquez-Rivera, FCPA Maintenance Crew Chief; Latishma Walters, Neighborhood and Community Services Regional Manager.
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