Thursday, November 22, 2012
Council opts for nautical fence but puts emphasis on replacing unstable bulkhead.
Alexandria City Council overturned a decision by the city’s Board of Architectural Review on Saturday, approving the construction of a nautical post and rope fence at Windmill Hill Park as opposed to a BAR-endorsed split-rail fence. The fence would be designed to prevent park visitors from walking on an unstable and deteriorating bulkhead along the Potomac River. While council sided with the petitioners, the discussion in City Hall focused more on the state of the bulkhead and what needs to be done to replace it. Council ultimately opted to expedite analysis for design and funding the bulkhead project ahead of upcoming budget discussions for the new council that will be sworn in on Jan. 2, 2013. “We need to protect the public,” Vice Mayor …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Saturday's docket includes addressing whether there should be a fence around the Windmill Hill bulkhead and what it should look like.
Council members on Saturday are expected to decide the final fate of a fence. They are slated to address what to do with a proposal for placing a short-term safety fence around the Windmill Hill Park bulkhead along the Alexandria waterfront. The city sought public comment on five fence styles earlier this year for the structure that city staff say would have about a five-year lifespan. Some community members let it be known through a city-sponsored poll and public comment that a nautical rope fence with an approximate cost of $32,000 was the top choice with the runner-up a split rail with a pricetag of $8,500. Other options included a post-and-wire with a cost of $16,000, ornamental aluminum ($34,000) or Kentucky board ($16,000). There …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Construction begins Thursday and residents are urged to use caution around the playground area.
The city's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is replacing the black chain-link fence along the basketball court and swing set along Union Street in Windmill Hill Park, 501 S. Union St. The work is scheduled to begin Thursday and run through Sunday. The park will remain open during the replacement, but there will be construction crews and equipment in use near the playground area. Residents are encouraged to use caution. The fence will be replaced by a similar fence that is used to separate the playground area from the basketball court and street. For additional information or questions about the work, call Beth Carton at 703-746-5492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Get Old Town Alexandria Patch news and …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The city is considering five different options for a short-term fence around the deteriorating Windmill Hill Park bulkhead.
The City of Alexandria is considering five options for a short-term safety fence around the bulkhead at Windmill Hill Park. The existing bulkhead is severely deteriorated and imminent failure of the structure is possible, according to the city. The options and their related estimated costs include a post and wire enclosure ($16,000), ornamental aluminum ($34,000), nautical post and rope ($32,000), split rail fence ($8,500) or a Kentucky board fence ($16,000). The public is invited to attend a community open house to discuss the design of the safety fence around the park bulkhead, which is located at 501 S. Union St. The design discussion is scheduled for Aug. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Chet & Sabra Avery Conference Room, located in…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Meeting set to discuss installing a temporary safety fence in the area, pending removal of concrete bulkhead.
The city is inviting the public to a community meeting to discuss the installation of a temporary safety fence around the Windmill Hill Park bulkhead and other recommended park enhancements. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. on-site at the park, 501 S. Union St. The meeting will be held rain or shine. City staff will present information on the installation of a temporary safety fence pending future removal and replacement of the current concrete bulkhead, and discuss other park enhancements adopted in the Windmill Hill Park master plan. A demonstration portion of the fence will be installed prior to the meeting for public review and comment.