FYI Alexandria - August 13, 2019

Page archived as of August 28, 2019

Low-Interest Federal Loans Available to City Residents and Businesses Impacted by Flooding

The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) will make low-interest disaster loans available to qualifying Alexandria residents and business owners, to help recover from the July 8 storms and flooding. The SBA has opened temporary Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in the area to answer questions about the program and help individuals complete their applications. Residents and business owners may visit any loan outreach center or apply online using the SBA's secure website. 

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City Makes Changes to Dockless Mobility Pilot Program 

In response to community input, the City is making some changes to the Dockless Mobility Pilot Program. Parking corrals for electric scooters and bicycles are being installed in high-use areas to address parking concerns related to the devices. Staff has also directed vendors to implement geofencing to prevent e-scooter trips from originating and ending in areas where the devices are prohibited. Staff has begun to evaluate data from the pilot program and will be seeking additional feedback from the community in the coming weeks. After the pilot period ends this fall, staff will provide a report to City Council with a recommendation on next steps related to these devices. Learn more about Alexandria's dockless mobility pilot program and read the July 23 update to City Council.

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Fall Recreation Program Registration Begins

Registration for the City's fall recreation classes and activities offered by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 14 for Alexandria residents; and Friday, August 16 for nonresidents. Fall registration applies to programs taking place from September through December. The Fall 2019 Program Guide is available online and printed copies can be found at all Alexandria recreation, nature and art centers, as well as libraries. Registration will be available online or in-person at the Registration and Reservation Office at the Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.).

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Holmes Run Trail Restoration Begins

The first phase to restore Alexandria's Holmes Run Trail has begun with the section from N. Beauregard Street to N. Chambliss Street. On July 8, Holmes Run stream levels surged over 12 feet after the region received a month's worth of rain in approximately one hour. The flooding conditions caused significant damage to paved and unpaved sections of Holmes Run Trail west of the N. Ripley Street crossing. The trail within Dora Kelley Nature Park will be closed to facilitate these repairs. During the repair work, several large trucks and heavy equipment will be present; so pedestrians and cyclists should avoid the area. The work is expected to take several weeks.

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Alexandria Police Department Wins 2019 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Award

The Alexandria Police Department has been recognized by the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards program, winning second place in 2019 for departments of its size. This year's recognition, which follows a first place award in 2018, reflects the department's continued commitment to traffic safety. 

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Nature "Buddies" Afterschool Program 

The Nature "Buddies" Afterschool Program provides fun, imaginative ways to enrich your child's experience both indoors and out. With an excellent child to adult ratio (8:1), we give your child a personal and structured learning environment. Fun-filled activities include live animal presentations, science experiments, woodland hikes, unstructured outdoor nature play, and more. We are based out of Alexandria's Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center, and Dora Kelley Nature Park is our backyard. Visit for more information. 

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