I am writing to provide you with an update on the planning and implementation of a safe, healthy, sustainable and economically viable redevelopment of the Maury Elementary Schoolyard. The MSI team includes dozens of Maury parents and Rosemont neighbors, and a team of committed engineering, design and legal professionals. We have worked hard this summer and happily report lots of progress with planning, design and cementing our partnership with ACPS and the City of Alexandria. Thank you for the enormous support we have received so far.
The Short Term: The Maury Schoolyard is currently undergoing emergency improvements to make the play area safe for the kids. ACPS, with planning and design support from Maury Schoolyard Initiative, is currently installing sod and making some improvements to the onsite drainage. Additionally, two trees were removed due to their poor health and danger from dropping limbs. The work will be complete Friday, but the grass field will remain closed until October 1, so the grass can take root.
The Long Term: Planning continues for more storm water management on and off site. We have a commitment from the City of Alexandria T&ES department for offsite storm water management, behind the school and along Russell Road. The consultants at LandDesign and Bowman Consulting are preparing a grading plan for submission in September. This is our first step toward permits. It will be a comprehensive plan detailing the elements included, and fingers crossed we will have approval by February.
The Plan: In September we will continue to refine our plans for the site, and will have opportunities for community input. The Gensler plan was a vision, and it has been modified to reduce costs and permitting complications. The new plan will include a large garden and outdoor learning area, an all weather field, traditional and natural play areas, a walking path and shade area.
The Funding: The budget is still being built, but we know the cost will be shared by ACPS and private donations. MSI is pursuing grants, individual gifts, inkind donations from contractors and more. Our fundraising team has worked hard this summer making preliminary contacts so once we have the plans and budget, we will be able to reach out and raise the funds. We are working closely with the Maury PTA executive board, Maury Principal Ms. Jackson, members of the School Board and City Council for a united effort to accomplish this project.
*NEXT UP: Join us in the library at Maury on Tuesday, September 23, at 7 p.m., for an open discussion and update.*
Thank you for you time, we look forward to a exciting and successful year together.
Community Invited to Attend the Second Public Meeting on the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center and Aquatics Facility Feasibility Study
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will host a public meeting onWednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. at the T.C. Williams High School Cafeteria, 3330 King St., to discuss the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility Feasibility Study. The study is exploring options for a new 50-meter indoor pool and renovated recreation pool at the facility.
In June 2014, at the first public meeting, the consultant team from Hughes Group presented the findings from the Task-1A of the Feasibility Study and listened to community ideas about programming for the new and renovated pools. As part of the next phase of the study, the public is invited to review and discuss potential site designs, as well as learn about the market analysis completed by the consultants.