Arlington and Alexandria news briefs

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Groundbreaking Saturday for fields on Witter land

New sports fields are on the way to the Witter property.

Mayor William D. Euille (D) and the Alexandria City Council will break ground for a lighted baseball field and two other fields Saturday.

The 13-acre property was given to the city as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge agreement between Alexandria and the Federal Highway Administration.

The athletic facility will include restrooms, parking for 145 vehicles and pavilions. The foot path and cemetery will remain.

For details about the project, go to

Foundation formed to support Lubber Run

The Lubber Run Amphitheatre Foundation was formed last month. The community organization aims to unite Arlington County government with residents to run the park facility.

County officials closed the amphitheater last year over safety concerns. Neighbors have been working to preserve the theater, which is more than 40 years old, and its free programming. The foundation is applying for tax-exempt status.

Arts organizations put out call for projects in 3-D

The Office of the Arts and Alexandria Commission for the Arts are seeking three-dimensional projects from Alexandria artists.

Digital proposals of artwork will be accepted until 5 p.m. April 1. Finalists will be notified by April 16.

The winning art projects will each be displayed for six months at Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library on Duke Street.

Submissions must include an application, resume, artist's statement and a CD or DVD of the artwork's image.

For information, go to or contact the Office of the Arts at 703-746-5588 or by e-mail at, with "Call for Entries 2011-2014" as the subject.

Founder's Park dog area to close temporarily

The Founder's Park dog run will close from Monday to May 30 for turf rehabilitation.

Dog owners may use the Windmill Hill Park dog exercise area at South Union and Gibbon streets or the Montgomery Park dog run, at Fairfax and First streets.

For a list of city dog parks and exercise areas, go to

For information about the work, contact Jack Browand, division chief, at 703-746-5504 or by e-mail at

- Compiled by Christy Goodman

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