Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities awards the FY18 Community Matching Funds to Five Community Organizations

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Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities awards the FY18 Community Matching Funds to Five Community Organizations

For Immediate Release: June 20, 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 awards in an amount up to $25,000. 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.

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 FY18 funds, as follows:

  • Compost Processing Centers
    Organization: Compost Alex
    Project Description: This project will construct pilot processing sites that can process food waste material locally. These sites also act as a demonstration of the community’s ability to properly compost food waste. As the number of food waste drop-off contributors continues to grow, they will be bettered informed and able to be involved in the community composting system that they directly influence.
    Matching Fund Contribution: $12,000
    Total Project Cost: $26,000
  • Witter Softball Field Upgrades
    Organization: TC Williams High School Softball Boosters
    Project Description: This project will enhance Witter fields to respond to growing softball program and site use. Enhancements include: dugout gutters installation, press box purchase and installation, permanent fencing for bullpens, bleacher canopies, and dugout fencing.
    Matching Fund Contribution: $15,000
    Total Project Cost: $55,000
  • Ben Brenman Ballfield Enhancements
    Organization: Alexandria Little League
    Project Description: The project includes the construction of a new scoreboard and the addition of a linear split batting cage on the first base side of the diamond outside of the fields fence line. Currently, Alexandria Little league has access to only one City owned field with a scoreboard and working batting cages.
    Matching Fund Contribution: $25,000
    Total Project Cost: $50,000
  • Nancy Dunning Garden
    Applicant: Patricia and Kate Moran
    Project Description: The Nancy Dunning Garden, located at the corner of Mt. Vernon Ave and Commonwealth, will be a place for peace and reflection amidst the bustle and prosperity of the neighborhood. Site improvements will include new paving and seating.
    Matching Fund Contribution: $24,000
    Total Project Cost: $50,000
  • Colasanto Pool Site Improvements
    Applicant: Del Ray Gateway Project
    Project Description: The old Colasanto pool has been closed since 2010. Since then, the old pool has remained a visual eyesore and dead space at the intersection that welcomes people into Del Ray. The matching fund will provide money for site activation including a ping pong table, bollard removal, fence realignment, chairs/hammock, shade structure, and tricycle track. The City and Applicant are working towards a long-term project that aims to convert the pool to a sprayground. The items purchased through the matching fund project will not preclude future site re-development and can remain on the site after the spray ground conversion is complete.
    Matching Fund Contribution: $24000
    Total Project Cost: $50,000

The organizations must fundraise the full amount needed to complete the project within one year. If determined by June 1, 2018 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.

For information, visit the Community Matching Fund website or contact Dana Wedeles at  Dana.Wedeles@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5491. 

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