Alexandria is expecting to win a $200,000 grant to help develop its two major city parks along the Potomac River, Oronoco Bay and Founders Park.
The grant, approved by the state Commission of Outdoor Recreation, is expected to receive final federal approval in the next two weeks. It will be matched by $200,000 in city funds and will enable Alexandria to complete most of the park landscaping and improvements this summer, according to city landscape architect James Chasnovitz.
The two 4.5-acre parks are in the heart of the city's north waterfront, which is undergoing a major revitalization with renovation of the Torpedo Factory and new office construction in the area.
Plans for both parks call for extensive plantings of trees and shrubs, lighted park paths, and an outdoor amphitheater at Oronoco Bay. At Founders Park there will be a fishing and boat dock on the Potomac, a children's play lot, half a dozen outdoor sculpture areas, and four specially landscaped dog "recreation" areas, Chaznovitz said. These should eliminate a major problem dogs have caused in the park, he said.
The plan for Founders Park, just north of the Torpedo Factory, has been approved by the City Council and is now under review by the National Park Service.
The city's Oronoco Bay masterplan is scheduled for review by the city Recreation Commission at its March 24 meeting in City Hall.