Fed Up With Tree Loss
Lengthy discussion of tree loss on NextDoor. Why Should We Care?
Trees are one of the primary buffers against urban heat. Trees both block and absorb heat, remove pollutants, and absorb greenhouse gasses that drive climate change. Studies have also attributed green space with other societal benefits: less crime, violence, respiratory illnesses, and even obesity. NCR: EarthbeatWhen a Single Tree Makes a DifferenceArlington Tree Action Group
National Night Out Well Attended
Nationally and throughout Arlington, neighbors and police mingled Tuesday night in the National Night Out. NNO is an annual effort to fight crime by building relationships between communities and police. LVCA’s event was well attended.
Chamber of Commerce Letter on Plan Lee Hwy
A letter from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce supports additional commercial/residential density as proposed by Plan Lee Hwy.
But even the Chamber sees that parts of Plan Lee Hwy are deficient: “Much of the proposed open space in the scenarios fronts on high-traffic, unwelcomingly loud places, or is in locations which could hinder reinvestment. Additionally, the scenarios propose open spaces that will be broken up by development and transportation infrastructure or that may not even be realized because of placement at sites that are unlikely to be redeveloped.”
LV Park Sprayground Reopens for 2021!
After a year of no fun at all, Arlington’s spraygrounds are now open for the summer. Sprayground season starts the weekend before Memorial Day and ends Labor Day weekend. Also nearby is the sprayground at Hayes Park (1516 N Lincoln St).
Distemper & Rabies in North Arlington
Animal Control reports distemper and rabies in North Arlington. Distemper does not affect humans, but does affect pets. Rabies is fatal without prompt medical care. People and animals can catch rabies from a bite or scratch from a diseased animal. Animal Control is urging residents to be vigilant. Anyone seeing an animal that appears sick, lethargic, disoriented, aggressive, or dead should stay away from the animal and call Animal Control immediately at 703-931-9241. News Release
Spring Parks & Rec Catalog
Featureing recreation, nature and history programs to keep you active, while practicing safe social distancing and following Virginia COVID guidelines. Online registration begins Wed, Mar 10 at 8AM. View Catalog All Parks & Rec programs, classes, and camps can accommodate participants of all abilities.
Athletic Field Availability and Utilization Survey
The County is seeking input on how fields are currently used and suggestions for making field allocation policy equitable and effective. Share your thoughts. Survey (ends Feb 25)
12 Days of Active Winter Break
County staff and residents will be offering 12 different, kid-friendly activities for 12 Days of Active Winter Break to keep students and their families active and entertained. Activities will be free, physically distant, accessible, and walk/bike friendly.
The 12 Days will start with a kick-off event held on Zoom on Thur, Dec 17, from 6:30-7:30 PM. Register in Advance
Daily activities will be posted on social media.
Arlington County 2020 Summer Camps Canceled
Parks and Recreation announced “in accordance with the health and safety guidelines of state, national and camp officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington County is cancelling summer camps for 2020.” It is “not confident all campers and staff would be able to safely enjoy an even modified camp experience.” Credits will be provided to all who previously signed up.
Unanticipated Consequences Hit County Parks
After the Dept of Environmental Services stopped picking up yard waste, some frustrated Arlington residents began leaving their yard waste in Arlington’s now-closed county parks. Arlington Parks & Rec is not happy about this and urges residents to make use of the limited options offered by Environmental Services. Yard Waste Options
Egg Hunt Social Distancing Version
1) Decorate some paper eggs on an 8.5×11 paper sheet. You can download a template to print and color at Simple Mom Project
2) Post your eggs in a front window where they can easily be seen from the street. Please display them from Sat, Mar 28 to Tues, Apr 14.
3) Go for a walk around the neighborhood with your kids to see how many eggs you can find! Please walk only with members of your household, not in large groups.
Sorry, no prizes this year. Thanks, and stay safe and healthy!
LV Park Closed (and So Is the Dog Park)
All parks and public facilities are closed due to the virus. This includes the Lyon Village Park and Playground and the James Hunter Dog Park located at 13th and North Herndon Street.
Crossing through parks to get to a trail or non-park destination is still allowed.
Arlington Closes Its Parks, Fields, and Playgrounds
Effectively immediately, all Arlington County/APS parks, fields, playgrounds, restrooms, tracks, dog parks and courts are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Signs will be posted at all affected locations. Park visitors are asked to adhere to all closure notices and current social distancing recommendations.
Trails and community gardens are also closed to groups. Please exercise and garden alone.
LVWC/LVCA Egg Hunt Postponed
The Lyon Village Egg Hunt which was to be held on Sat, Mar 28 in LV Park has been postponed. Hopefully it can be held later in the Spring. Watch LyonVillage.org and LyonVillageWomensClub.com for news.
Fall Colors: Tree Identification
Fall brings us breathtaking sights of trees turning vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow. The changing foliage provides more than just a beautiful views—the change in colors can better help to identify the tree species.
This week members of the Arlington Strategy Execution Office were spreading mulch in a small park located in Lyon Village at Kirkwood Road and 17th Street. This was a volunteer day for the group and the Arlington Parks Department was finding places where they could be helpful.