Monday, December 17, 2012
Almost three years after a major snow storm closed Arlington's main commuter trails for more than a week, the county still doesn't have a plan to deal with snow on our trails.
Clearing snow from Arlington's primary trails became a topic of public conversation again last week. Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (i.e., the department of transportation) hosted a public chat on Facebook about Arlington's snow plowing and removal plans. Among other things, DES staff explained how they prioritized streets, who was responsible for sidewalks, and which streets depend on VDOT for plowing. When a number of Arlington residents — myself among them — asked about Arlington's plans to clear trails, DES said they had no plans to clear trails, and that in any event, it was the responsibility of the Department of Parks and Recreation. In other words, we've had zero progress on the matter since the last time I…
Monday, February 6, 2012
Have a favorite business in town? Or one you're not as fond of? Join the discussion on Patch and leave a review in our business directory.
When a new family moves into your neighborhood and they ask for your recommendations for doctors, stores, take-out places or professional services, what do you say? Because Patch has an extensive directory of businesses, we want all of our readers to benefit from your experience the way your neighbors do. What are your go-to places for dinner on those nights when you don't want to cook? Which is the best veterinarian to take your beloved pet to? Share your knowledge with other readers by leaving reviews on businesses in our directory. Every Monday, we'll focus on a different product or service. Today we'll look at parks. Which park is your favorite? Let us know by clicking through to the profile pages of these businesses and leaving your …
Friday, February 18, 2011
It's warm out. Go sun yourself.
Let's put away any silly superstitions about groundhogs and just enjoy what's coming this weekend -- sunny skies, relatively warm temperatures...and, ok, incredibly high winds. Regardless, it's time to up that vitamin D intake and read a book on the brown grass. Here are a few of the small green spaces in Clarendon, Courthouse and Rosslyn that you can enjoy. Of course there are better, larger offerings a quick hike away. Roosevelt Island technically belongs to D.C., Fort C.F. Smith Park offers peace and solitude, while the Custis and Mount Vernon trails will whisk you away to the countryside...or something close to it.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
County board members and Rosslynites were on hand for the official opening of the new park.
Four out of five Arlington county board members were on-hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony at Rosslyn's newly refurbished Hillside park. The park reopened in mid-October after a roughly 2-year sprucing up-project funded by the developers of the adjacent Parc Rosslyn high rise apartment building. Jets and helicopters traversing the Potomac river flight path to Reagan National Airport almost drowned out newly re-elected Board Member Chris Zimmerman's speech at a small podium at the top of the park. "Rosslyn is the densest place we have, the most urban...but we also want spaces that people can enjoy to and from places," Zimmerman said. Indeed, the park's most prominent feature is a diagonal winding pathway that one could imagine …