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What's Next Alexandria
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¿Cómo seguimos, Alexandria?
Una Conversación con la Comunidad acerca del Compromiso Cívico y la Planificación para el Futuro



"It is always a great experience meeting different people with different viewpoints working toward a common goal. Alexandria is ours to prepare and preserve for the next generation." ~ Sahr Pombor, Alexandria citizen and Community Dialogue participant 


Public Invited to Attend Community Meeting on the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center and Aquatics Facility Feasibility Study
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Minnie Howard School Cafeteria, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., to discuss the findings of the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility Feasibility Study. The study is exploring options for a new 50 meter indoor pool and renovated recreation pool at the facility.
   » Task-1A Feasibility Study 
About What's Next Alexandria

What's Next Alexandria is a community conversation about civic engagement and planning for the future and how Alexandrians can best participate in the public decisions that shape the City. In this process, community members worked together to reach agreement on the principles that will guide civic engagement and planning in Alexandria. See what some of your neighbors are saying - a sampling of thoughtful commentary on civic engagement in Alexandria from community dialogue participants.

Developing Alexandria's Civic Engagement Handbook

Over the course of the What's Next Alexandria process, community members have worked together to develop civic engagement principles, a civic engagement process template, key outcomes demonstrating success, and a communications and outreach strategy. These four items comprise the core of Alexandria's Handbook for Civic Engagement which will guide all City projects in the future. 

Community Dialogues

Alexandrians have participated in four Community Dialogues to collaborate on improving the City's public participation process, including development of principles of engagement and developing a framework for the planning process. All materials from the Community Dialogues are posted here.  

Online Engagement Opportunities

One way the City is getting feedback on civic engagement in Alexandria and what we can do to make it better is through online engagement. The community has participated in three online activities since September 2012, and has had the opportunity to participate online in real time during our Community Dialogues by using our Virtual Table.  


Staff has collected and reviewed information on what other communities around the country are doing to improve their public participation experience. Let us know if you have a resource to share. We’ll add it to the list. In addition, you’ll find media links regarding What’s Next Alexandria.

"Government works best when community members and the government work as partners; effective civic engagement is essential to achieve and sustain an effective partnership and a thriving community." City of Portland, Oregon Civic Engagement Principles 

Opportunities to Get Involved in Alexandria

Looking for more ways to get involved in your community? Consider the groups listed on this page.

301 King Street, Room 3500
Alexandria, VA 22314
FAX: 703.838.6343

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.