Recreation program guide for spring and summer available

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ 2014 Spring & Summer Program Guide is available. The guide lists classes, camps, programs, activities and special events from April to August, as well as park and facility information. Registration for classes and activities is underway for residents and starts Friday for nonresidents.

Those who do not receive the free guide by mail can download one at or pick up a copy at Alexandria’s City Hall, the nature center, public libraries or recreation centers. To sign up for a free subscription to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ Program Guide, visit or call 703-746-4343.

Arlington approves new hotel near Courthouse Metro

The Arlington County Board on Saturday approved a plan to replace the 1950s-era shopping center and surface parking at 2401 and 2407 Wilson Blvd. with an eight-story hotel. The building, with 93,000 square feet and 161 rooms, will be on the northwest corner of Wilson Boulevard and North Adams Street near the Courthouse Metro station. The board also approved building four single-family homes behind the hotel on North 16th Street.

“This project will provide a new hotel where it’s needed, near a Metro station along the busy Rosslyn-Ballston corridor,” board Chairman Jay Fisette said in a statement. “It also will provide a transition between the high-density development along Wilson Boulevard and the homes in the Lyon Village neighborhood.”

Montgomery Park improvements have begun

Improvements are underway at Alexandria’s Montgomery Park, 901 N. Royal St. in Alexandria. The changes include a 2,500-square-foot expansion, new access gates, tree and shrub plantings, and site furnishings, including benches and a dog water fountain. The park, which has a fenced area for dogs, will be closed until the improvements are completed in mid-May. For other Alexandria dog park locations, visit

For information on construction activities at the park, call Kingsley McAdam with Buchanan Partners at 301-417-0510.

Arlington invites feedback on Courthouse Square

“Envision Courthouse Square,” a 10-month community planning effort to reimagine the county’s civic center, kicks off Wednesday with the first in a series of Courthouse Square Community Workshops. The event is at 7 p.m. at Key Elementary School, 2300 Key Blvd., Arlington. Two additional workshops will take place this spring.

“ ‘Envision Courthouse Square’ is an exciting opportunity to create a vision for the Courthouse area that reflects Arlington’s current planning goals of good placemaking, smart growth policies and sustainability,” planning Director Bob Duffy said in a statement. The plan is expected to come before the County Board by the end of 2014. For information, visit sites.arlingtonva.

Alexandria seeks input
on parks programming

The city’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is conducting a program interest survey to determine programming priorities by location, user group and time of day. Feedback received from residents and nonresidents will guide staff members in developing program offerings. Community members will also have the opportunity to suggest new offerings.

Surveys must be completed by May 2. Written surveys are available at all Alexandria recreation centers. The survey also can be taken online at For information, contact Kelly Gilfillen, marketing manager, at 703-746-4644 or kelly.gilfillen@