RunningBrooke and Rebuilding Together Alexandria Partner with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities to Improve Taney Avenue Neighborhood Park
For Immediate Release: August 19, 2016
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities PARKnership program announces a community partnership with RunningBrooke and Rebuilding Together Alexandria to improve Taney Avenue Neighborhood Park. The combined funds and resources from the two Alexandria organizations will be used towards building new preschool-age play spaces, nature paths, native tree plantings, and new site furnishings.
The 2.47-acre park, located at 4149 Taney Ave., was dedicated in 1976 through the Foxchase development, and consisted of picnic tables and an expansive open field. The improvements will retain the open field and passive character of the park, while introducing new features to make the park more inviting and better equipped to serve future and existing community needs, as recommended in the 2016 Neighborhood Parks Improvement Plan.
The City will implement improvements in late summer 2016 and will hold two volunteer build events in September with Running Brooke and Rebuilding Together Alexandria. The City anticipates the first phase of improvements to be complete fall 2016.
RunningBrooke and Rebuilding Together Alexandria’s support for the Taney Avenue project totals over $100,000 and matches approved FY2017 City Capital funds of $100,000 for the park improvements.
RunningBrooke goes the distance to inspire kids to be active, sparking their learning in school. They champion children by building and renovating playgrounds and funding local non-profits whose programs embrace both physical activity and educational learning. Since 2009, RunningBrooke has raised nearly $1 Million for local programs and parks. For Taney Avenue Park, RunningBrooke raised funds through major events, such as Spring2ACTion. Their Park volunteer build day will include installing play surfacing, building nature paths and planting trees. For more information about RunningBrooke, visi www.runningbrooke.org
Rebuilding Together Alexandria
Rebuilding Together Alexandria is actively involved in projects that contribute to safe and healthy homes and neighborhood restoration. Their projects include repairing and rehabbing homes free of cost for Alexandria’s vulnerable residents, and revitalizing communities and non-profit facilities. At Taney Avenue Park, their volunteers will build nature paths, play areas, and other improvements. For more information about Rebuilding Together visit, www.rebuildingtogetheralex.org