The latest happenings at the parks

Two Fairfax County parks expand, Reagan National Airport renovations begin and Arlington gets an early start on summer camp registration.

Photo courtesy of Alexandria Archaeology, City of Alexandria

An 18th-century ship that was found at Hotel Indigo was named one of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts by the Virginia Association of Museums, and in the hopes of receiving a Blandford-Rees Foundation conservation grant, the public has been asked to vote here by Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The Fairfax County Park Authority has acquired 8 acres for Springfield’s Loisdale Park through two donations—one of 7.6 acres and the other being 0.4 acres—from L & F Darby Lane LLC. As there is not yet a master plan that includes the additional space, the new land will stay vacant for the time being.

Arlington’s 2018 Summer Camp Catalog will be released online on Feb. 1, followed shortly after by a Feb. 9 Summer Activities Fair at Kenmore Middle School (22 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington) from 6-8 p.m. As for when to register, residents can do so online and by mail starting Feb. 14 at 7 a.m., and then by phone or walk-in at 8 a.m. on Feb. 16. Non-resident registration begins on Feb. 28 at 8 a.m. Camp starts June 25.

The 6.13 acres that currently make up what is Chantilly Park will more than double in size through the acquisition of another 7.33 acres of land which was transferred to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from the Sully District. The new land has three 60-foot baseball fields (two of them are lighted), plus a parking lot that can hold 105 vehicles and an 800-foot trail that connects the lot to the Brookfield residential community’s Brookfield Court cul-de-sac.

In April 2017, the Fredericksburg City Council decided that in order to achieve their 20-year vision for the city, they would need to establish an archaeology ordinance. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the city held a public meeting at which consultant firm Marstel-Day welcomed feedback from the community on its plans for a city-wide archaeological assessment.

A significant amount of dirt marks the first step in a yearslong renovation at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. But before further construction can begin in March, the “surcharge” dirt will have to take time to settle so that the land can withstand the construction’s physical weight.

The first “Virginia Farms” event at Frying Pan Park was held on Jan. 14, but two more programs will take place on Feb. 11 and March 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. The event includes a 45-minute presentation from local farmers on what they produce and why they made this career decision, followed by an opportunity to sample their goods.