Two Alexandria charities receive $25,000 grant for playground

The Miracle League of Alexandria and the Kelley Cares Foundation have received a grant from CVS Caremark to build a playground at the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center.

The playground, meant to be accessible to children of all abilities, will be the first of its kind in the city. It will feature a soft play surface made with rubberized tiles, wheelchair-accessible equipment and walkways from the playground to the center’s building. The playground is scheduled to open this fall.

For information on Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, visit

Residents’ input wanted on plan for Fort Ward park, museum

Before development of Alexandria’s Fort Ward park and museum area begins, residents are invited to a public meeting and open house to help develop a draft plan.

The event will allow the Fort Ward Park and Museum ad hoc advisory group, city staff members and a consultant team hired to help develop the park to collect and respond to residents’ feedback. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday and the open house at noon on March 8. Both will be in the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School gym, 4401 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria.

For information and to see the current draft, visit

Alexandria releases community garden season procedures

Individuals interested in learning how to apply for one of the City of Alexandria’s 194 community garden plots should contact horticulturalist John Walsh at 703-746-4654 or via e-mail at

The gardens are at Chinquapin Park, 3210 King St. and Holmes Run Parkway. Full-size plots (15 by 20 feet) are available for $55 (residents) or $75 (non-residents), and half-size lots (10 by 15 feet) are available for $28 (residents) or $35 (non-residents). The gardening season runs from March 1 through Nov. 30.

Those who don’t secure a plot will be added to the community garden wait list.

Guide for spring-summer camps, classes available Feb. 28

Information on the City of Alexandria’s spring and summer recreation activities can be found online beginning Feb. 28. Print catalogues will be available at City Hall and at recreation centers and public libraries throughout the city starting March 4.

Registration for camps, classes and other activities begins March 19 for residents and March 21 for nonresidents. Registration is open now for spring break camps taking place April 14 to 18.

For information and to access the guide online Feb. 28, visit