City of Alexandria Awards FY17 Community Matching Funds to Four Community Organizations

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City of Alexandria Awards FY17 Community Matching Fund to Four Community Organizations

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2017

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) established the Community Matching Fund (Fund) with the approval of the FY 2017-FY 2026 Capital Improvement Budget. The Fund allows 1:1 matching award in an amount up to $25,000. The Fund is part of RPCA's PARKnership Program, a program that oversees partnerships for the development, design, construction and operation of recreational and park facilities and/or programs. 

RPCA is pleased to announce the recipients of the FY 17 Community Matching Fund as follows:

  1. Charles Houston Teen Room
    Organization: The Charles Houston Advisory Council
    Project Description: Develop a model teen center within existing space at the Charles Houston Recreation Center.
    Matching Fund Contribution: $25,000
    Total Project Cost: $70,000
  2. Four Mile Run Court Upgrades
    Organization: Alexandria Soccer Association
    Project Description: Provide existing court enhancements to upgrade and support community Futsal program
    Matching Fund Contribution: $15,000
    Total Project Cost: $45,000
  3. Kick the Habit
    Organization: Four Mile Fun Conservatory Foundation
    Project Description: Install water-bottle and jug filling stations at the two highest-use fields in the City, those at Simpson Stadium Park and Witter Recreational Fields, and at Four Mile Run Park, where there is currently no outdoor access to drinkable water. These will be wall-mounted ADA-accessible stations installed on the existing built facilities.
    Matching Fund Contribution: $5,000
    Total Project Cost: $10,000
  4. Parkour Park Equipment
    Organization: PKMove
    Project Description: PKMove provides free, weekly parkour lessons for senior citizens and other special populations in our city parks. This proposal seeks to expand program offerings and by purchasing a Pop-up Playground and two portable mats.
    Matching Fund Contribution: $5,000
    Total Project Cost: $10,000

The organizations must fund raise the full amount needed to complete the project within one year. If determined by June 1, 2017 that the organization cannot meet the fundraising goal, the City will rescind the award and the City’s matching funds will be for another community group award in the upcoming fiscal year. 

The application process for the FY18 matching funds will begin in early spring 2017. Any community group that lives and/or works in the City of Alexandria can apply for the matching fund. The group must demonstrate in their proposal a capacity to build a stronger and healthier community through park and recreation facility improvements. For information on the upcoming application process visit the Community Matching Fund website or contact Dana Wedeles at  or 703.746.5491.

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