North Rosslyn Civic Association
September 5, 2019 Community Meeting Minutes
The meeting began at 7:05 PM in the Georgetown Room of the Holiday Inn. John Hummel, Board President, welcomed the audience. He acknowledged the 3 NRCA sponsors- Elim Tailors, The Hair Gallery and the Holiday Inn, which provides a venue for our Community Meetings.
Rick Froelich, Treasurer, reported that the organization remains financially solvent. Dues collected in December will reflect this. We no longer have the expense of a PO Box and expenses are minimal.
The first of three guest speakers, Casey Robinson, principal of the H-B Woodlawn program reported on the recent school opening at the newly constructed Wilson Blvd. site- The Heights. The opening was on schedule and smooth. Teachers worked hard to make the building feel softer and more homelike for incoming students. Many details of the day –to- day school operation such as building entrances, fire drills, the use of terrace spaces and the building signage are a “work in progress”. The auditorium will be completed by the end of September, in time for the first concert in October. Pavement work will be completed with the main school entrance to be on Wilson Blvd. next to the Penzance Building. The school has no playing fields and no organized sports teams, with the exception of the Frisbee Team and students are transported by bus to Jefferson School for this. Temporary parking spaces are planned for parents of Stratford students and short-term drop off. Buses are staggered with transport of students using wheel chairs arriving first. Parking spaces are available for teachers at two nearby locations on Wilson Blvd. The hallmark of the H-B Woodlawn program is flexibility, choice and self-governance. It is an open campus for grades 8-12. Ms. Robinson encouraged the community to provide feedback about the school and students. An official tour for the community is scheduled for October 26 in the morning.
John introduced the next speaker, Charles Cuvelier, the new Superintendent of the GW Memorial Parkway. Mr. Cuvelier gave an overview of the National Park Service, its core values including accountability, trust, honesty and innovation. He emphasized that the GW Parkway is much more than a road. It is a connector of major historic sights in the area in DC, VA and MD. Millions of people travel on the Parkway, visit the sites, and donate their time and money to maintain them. There are a number of current major projects including ones at Glen Echo, the Marine Corps Memorial, and the Memorial Bridge. 50% of identified projects must be deferred for the future. A recent project to repair a sinkhole in the North section of the Parkway, near Dolly Madison Highway (Rt. 123) has just been completed. There will be future involvement with the Key Bridge Marriott construction and the use of scooters on trails. Upcoming events, including public meetings and programs are listed on their website: WWW.NPS. GOV/GWMP, with the link to calendar. Charles Cuvelier’s office telephone is 703 289-2500 and his email is GWMP_SUPERINTENDENTNPS.GOV .
Our next speaker, Mary Ann Elliott described her involvement and planning for a dog park in Rosslyn. She has organized a group called R-Dogs. There is general agreement that there is a need for more green space in Rosslyn. While Gateway Park has potential, it is currently considered to be uninviting, deteriorated and unsafe. It is the vision of R-Dogs to have a portion of the space at Gateway Park designated for use as a Dog Park in addition to having an inviting space for community residents to enjoy. Arlington County has recently indicated an interest in support of a Temporary Dog Park with funds to upgrade the park to make it more attractive and safer. Maryann has asked both the BID and NRCA to support the need for a dog park by writing a letter to the Arlington County Board. John will contact NRCA Board members to see if there is agreement to support this.
The meeting concluded at 8:40 with the next Community Meeting scheduled for Friday, December 6.
Judy Brand, Secretary
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