AHCA Newsletter June 2009

6:45 p.m.

Guest Speakers:

Christine Simpson from the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will give an update and answer questions on the Spray Ground effort for Virginia Highlands Park.

AHCA: 4th of July picnic in Virginia Highlands Park. For those that aren't out of town on vacation or who don't already have plans, we'll do a simple potluck picnic at southeast corner (in grass near playground) across from the community center parking area. We'll try to have some tables and ice cream as well. And we are working with park staff to see if we can hook a hose with a kid sprinkler to the restroom building. Let's say between 5-8pm, to leave time for people to go find fireworks viewing spots afterwards.

Crystal City Long Term Plan: The Long Range Planning Committee, a Committee of the County Planning Commission, will be taking up the Crystal City plan. Bruce Cameron and Mike Dowell will represent AHCA at these meetings which start Tuesday (June 9th) at 7:30pm. ARCA will have representatives to the process as well.

Neighborhood Improvement Efforts:
Missing Links: We expect another round in a month.
Traffic Calming: We expect ideas from staff for Joyce within1-2 months.

Parks: We have asked Kurt Louis, the Park Operations Manager for our area to come to our July or August meeting to talk about the concerns about the basketball courts in Virginia Highlands Park.

Schools: Jay Fisette is running for re-election to the County Board and James Lander is running for the School Board. Those that have an interest in seeing Wakefield rebuilt sooner rather than later should make a point of attending events these candidates will be holding to remind them of your concerns.

Bruce Cameron has been appointed to the Budget Committee of the APS for the next two years.

Aurora Highlands Civic Association

P.O. Box 25201 - Arlington, VA 22202

"The Association is a non-partisan organization of community residents formed to work in the overall community interest in promoting civic pride, enhancing the quality of life in the community, preserving the character of the community and planning for the orderly, safe, and humane development of the community" (AHCA Bylaws, Article II). The AHCA meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (unless specifically noted) in the Aurora Hills Recreation Center (735 S. 18th St.) at 7:00 p.m.

2009 Issues

  1. Community Center & Virginia Highlands Park
  2. NC Projects: 19th Street (600&700 blocks ) sidewalk & street lights, spray park in VHP, Ives Street (20th-22nd) sidewalks & street lights.
  3. Nina Park improvements
  4. Nellie & Eads Park
  5. Potential Dog Park?
  6. Sidewalks & Street Lights
  7. Crystal City Long Term Plan as well as CCBID and CCBID, Inc impact on Aurora Highlands area
  8. Wakefield High School Capital Rebuilding and quality of academic programs.
  9. Waste Water Treatment Plant
  10. Social Events
    Spring event TBD
    Community event with Restaurant Row
    4th of July picnic in Virginia Highlands Park

AHCA account balance as of 3/31/09: $6,909.25

Association Officers & Committee Chairs
  • President - Bruce Cameron 703 892-5071
  • Vice President - Michael Dowell 703-521-7739
  • 2nd Vice President - Van Newstrom 703 683-5911
  • Treasurer / Membership - Gail Fleming
  • Business Secretary & Web Master- John Kriese 703 519-0961
  • Corresponding Secretary - Paul Mcaree
  • AHCA NCAC Rep: Chris Mann
  • Aircraft Noise Liaison - Denis O'Sullivan 703-521-6425
  • Meeting Hospitality - OPEN
  • Newsletter Distribution - Bruce Cameron
  • Newsletter Editor-Maria Cameron 703-892-5071
  • Police and Waste Water Treatment Plant Liaison -Brad & Louise Garris - 703-548-1944
  • Urban Planning Ted Saks 703-683-1312
  • Items for the newsletter: Send items in e-mail messages (not attachments) to the newsletter editor, Bruce Cameron at brucecameronahca@gmail.com

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