What’s new at NoVA’s parks

The front parlor at George Washington’s Mount Vernon will undergo a monthslong renovation, Prince William Forest Park closes due to windstorm damage and other updates from the parks.

Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Another room at George Washington’s Mount Vernon will be getting a fresh face, this renovation project starring the front parlor. The parlor has gone 30 years without a restoration, and now the curatorial team, upon finding information about the room’s original furniture from a Fairfax family’s ledger, is hoping to recreate the now nonexistent pieces, among other updates. Work should conclude sometime this fall.

Still recovering from the windstorm that welcomed March, Prince William Forest Park has been and still is closed to the public due to threats posed by damaged/fallen trees. The RV campground is open, though certain sections are inaccessible, and hundreds of trees have already been removed. Damages to the park are more severe than those sustained during Hurricane Isabel and Hurricane Sandy.

Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m., the McLean Government Center (1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean) will house a public information meeting to discuss whether the Ash Grove House can be used as Resident Curator Property. If deemed as such, either individuals or an organization can occupy the space without having to pay a lease, under the promise that its occupants will rehabilitate the property according to preservation standards.

Dominion Energy will be replacing a distribution line at South Run District Park in the hopes of improving service to the surrounding residential area. Work, expected to wrap up at the beginning of April, will require the temporary closure of the area’s dog park, though it should not effect the South Run RECenter.

George Washington Park visitors should expect some additional traffic at the park’s main entrance road as Stoehr Companies is installing a 120-foot cellphone pole that resembles a pine tree—a monopine pole—for T-Mobile via Network Building Consulting. The county’s park authority is hoping for minimal disruptions to the George Washington RECenter and nearby facilities.

Arlington’s County Manager has proposed a $1.27 billion budget for the 2019 fiscal year and the public has the chance to share their thoughts with the county board either by attending public hearings on April 3 and 5 or by submitting online comments by April 9. The board will vote on April 21.

Those that are at least 18 years old and want to work with elementary school children this summer should consider doing so through Fairfax County Park Authority’s Rec-PAC summer camp program. The program requires that those hired work at one of more than three dozen county schools from 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., July 2-Aug. 9.  There are three upcoming open hire events—April 3 at Oakton Elementary School and May 22 and June 6 at the Herrity Building—and more information about positions and compensation can be found online.

In its fifth year, the Margaret C. Peck Youth Internship program is looking to hire at most three juniors interested in history from Herndon, Chantilly and Westfield high schools. To be selected for the paid, eight-month internship running April-December, students must be in good standing with their school, fill out an application, write an essay and have a teacher write a letter of recommendation by March 30. The selection committee will make their decision in early April and the program will begin later that month.