FYI Alexandria - December 21, 2018

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Alexandria's Official Resident Newsletter • December 21, 2018

City Council Chooses "Waterfront Park" for New Park Area

On December 15, City Council voted unanimously to combine the interim site surrounding King Street Park and the existing Waterfront Park into a single park named Waterfront Park. The new park will serve as the keystone to the revitalization of the Potomac River waterfront in Alexandria. Construction is currently underway to join the original King Street Park site with the sites of the former Old Dominion Boat Club building and parking lot to create an interim park that will open in early 2019.

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Give Every Animal a Home for the Pawlidays!

As the cold weather settles in, what could be better than cuddling with your own furry friend? Now through December 31, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria will host its second annual "Home for the Pawlidays" adoption event to help make that winter dream a reality. Find your new best friend this season and give them the greatest holiday gift — a new home!

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Achieving Racial Equity

In December 2017, City Manager Mark Jinks endorsed the formation of an interdepartmental, interagency Racial Equity Initiative Work Group to examine how racial bias, through historical and current practices, policies and laws, has created racial disparities in government.  The Work Group was also charged with and developing ways to help eliminate those disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities. In November 2018, the Work Group reported to City Council on the initial phases of their work, highlighting local, regional and national government equity initiatives, as well as racial equity activities in City departments and the Alexandria Library.

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46th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Program

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, the City will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a community program. Dr. King – We Are All One Humanity: Where Do We Go From Here? will be presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Planning Committee, and will include remarks by the Mayor, a keynote address by Bahá'í Spiritual Assembly Chairman Paul Glist, and music by the Men of Victory of Shiloh Baptist Church.

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APD Accepting Applications for Half-Day Winter Community Police Academy

Get to know the Alexandria Police Department (APD) in an abbreviated half-day session. Due to the popularity of its 10-week Community Police Academy, APD is offering two half-day classes during winter 2019. This academy allows residents and other community members to learn about various aspects of police operations. Topics will include patrol, use of force policies, the K-9 Unit, Special Operations Team, crime scene investigation and criminal investigations.

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Get Ready for Winter: Alexandria Snow Removal Priorities

Winter is Coming! Clearing City streets and sidewalks is a difficult process that takes time, hard work, and good communication between residents, business owners, and the City. The City clears snow from 560 lane miles of roadways, 20 miles of publicly owned sidewalks, walkways, and pathways, and 44 acres of municipal parking lots and publicly owned squares. Learn more at

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