The latest news at NoVA’s parks

Groundbreaking ceremony slated for King Street Park at the Waterfront, City of Alexandria accepting 2019 Community Matching Fund applications, Wakefield Park Playground to receive a $100,000 upgrade and other park news.

Image courtesy of the City of Alexandria

Groundbreaking for King Street Park at the Waterfront to take place March 17
Where the Old Dominion Boat Club once stood before its move to Prince Street, the Alexandria City Council will break ground at 8 a.m. on March 17, initiating construction of the King Street Waterfront Park.

Wakefield Park Playground will temporarily close on March 12
Originally installed in 1994, the Wakefield Park Playground will be getting a $100,000 upgrade in mid-March that involves replacing old equipment, improving sidewalks and installing a safety surface and perimeter fence.

Mount Vernon’s “Camp Washington” registration now open
While there will certainly be opportunities to learn about what life was like during George Washington’s time and check out the estate’s animals, this camp, offered in two sessions from July 9-13 and July 23-27, also offers hands-on archaeology, surveying, architecture and gardening activities. Included in registration, $400 for children of Mount Vernon members and $460 for non-members, is lunch, snacks, backpacks and a T-shirt.

Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

City of Alexandria now accepting 2019 Community Matching Fund applications
Now through April 16, the City of Alexandria will be accepting applications for organizations looking to get additional funding for parks and recreation projects from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. At least four applicants will receive $5,000-$25,000 dollar-for-dollar matches. On March 5, there will be an online information session where application-related questions can be answered.

Public opinion sought in potential Windmill Hill Park Living Shoreline memorial
The City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission has proposed that a memorial for Captain Ryan Wojtanowski be erected at the Windmill Hill Park Living Shoreline (501 S. Union St., Alexandria). Wojtanowski, who passed away in 2016, acted as the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission representative on the Alexandria Waterfront Commission and was also named the City of Alexandria Poet Laureate by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. Comments can be made now through Friday, March 30 by emailing with the subject line “Captain Ryan Wojtanowski,” or by mail.

South Run Regional Park field named after area soccer coach Jack Nolan
Following a Feb. 14 vote, Athletic Field 5 at South Run Regional Park was renamed Jack Nolan Field to honor the man who coached multiple Springfield Youth Club soccer teams during the 1970s and ’80s and served as the Fairfax County Soccer Council president. In addition to holding other council leadership positions, Nolan also helped to set up scholarships for soccer players.