Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group
On June 28, 2011 City Council passed a resolution (see link below) to re-establish an Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group in response to a recommendation of the previous Stakeholder Advisory Group to establish a successor committee. Meetings have concluded and the group is finalizing the park management plan.
Final Draft Fort Ward Park & Museum Area Management Plan
The charge of work for this group is as follows:
- Provide staff of RPCA, OHA, and T&ES with recommendations on balancing park uses, implementing education and outreach opportunities and implementation of recommendations made in the 2011 Stakeholder Advisory Group report.
- Bring community values, knowledge, and ideas into the process of creating a management plan for Ft. Ward Park and Museum Area in ways that provide lasting benefit to the local community and the City as a whole.
- Act as liaisons for neighborhoods and other interested parties in the development process of a management plan for Ft. Ward Park and Museum Area.
The group meets for a 24-month period starting with the month of appointment (September, 2011). Per the approved charge of work, their function is to participate with and advise staff of RPCA, OHA, and T&ES on the implementation of recommendations from the 2011 report. Specifically, the focus of work is those items funded with the 2012 budget for Fort Ward Park and Museum Area.
Membership of the group includes 14 people appointed by the City Manager based on the categories:
- Three members recommended by the Park and Recreation Commission
- Three members recommended by the Historic Alexandria Resource Commission
- One member recommended by the Environmental Policy Commission
- One member recommended by the Fort Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society
- One member recommended by the Oakland Baptist Church
- Two “at large” citizens who have shown a knowledge and keen interest in Ft. Ward and represent diverse geographic areas of the City
- One citizen living within a one-mile radius of the park
- One member recommended by the Seminary Civic Association
- One member recommended by the Seminary Hill Association, Inc.
For additional information, see the Re-establishment Resolution and the current member roster.
Advisory Group History
Since its establishment in the 1960s, the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area site is an important community and citywide parks and historic resource. In the fall of 2008, significant community interest became apparent in operation of the park and historical resources. Through a series of public meetings in the winter and early spring of 2009, the Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Department developed a matrix of community and user issues. In order to respond to the longer-term future of the park, City Council created an Ad Hoc Stakeholder Advisory Group to study these issues.
The Advisory Group, established in June, 2009 consisted of ten members appointed by the City Manager to a one year term, beginning in December, 2009 and ending in January, 2011. The goal set for the advisory group was to advise staff, recommending an appropriate balance between the different uses of the park, including active, passive/environmental and historic/archeological interests. As stated in Resolution 2349, the functions of the advisory group were as follows:
- Advise staff with a goal of finding an appropriate balance between the different uses of the park, including active, passive/environmental and historic/archeological interests.
- Provide staff with recommendations on balancing park uses, implementing education and outreach opportunities and reviewing the success of recently implemented changes; and
- Advise staff on Fort Ward issues and opportunities related to the interim park/historic area use, management of Fort Ward and long term goals to be refined through a city-wide park master planning process.
The advisory group met twice a month for 13 months, and in January, 2011, in response to their charge of work, the members submitted a report documenting their recommendations for the future management and planning of the park. City Council discussed the final Stakeholder report at its work session on March 22, 2011. In the FY2012 budget, City Council provided resources for further archeology study, storm water mitigation, and a management plan.
Final Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group (Jan. 2011)
Additional links and documents of interest:
Archived Public Comments
Additional Park Resources