The “Friends of Virginia Avenue Park” became a reality in November 2018.
It’s origins began 3 years ago when a group of community stakeholders first met to create a park for all users out of the existing and little used Virginia Avenue Park. Part of the story is in my 2017 article A New Design for Virginia Avenue Park.
Friends of Virginia Avenue Park (FVAP) was established to provide community oversight of and support for the Park, including the Community Garden and Dog Park. Once FVAP gains non-profit status, the organization can solicit tax exempt funds for future Park needs not covered by DPR.
To join or get more information on FVAP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. An individual membership is $5/year plus a one time $5 initiation fee. Non profit groups can join for $10/year and for-profit organizations, $25/year.
December 2018 Update
CSX has almost completed its renovations, including the installation of a dog park. At the meeting on November 29, 2018, we learned that the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) will be using $200K in Capital Project funds, raised in FY18 and FY19, to complete the rest of the renovations. Funds donated by CSX through the Arbor Day Foundation, will enable Casey Trees to do some ground preparations and add needed trees to the Park.
FVAP meets quarterly and the next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 24, 2019