August 31, 2014


National Night Out Recap and Photos

The Del Ray Citizens Association, in conjunction with local police and fire departments, recently participated in National Night Out. Over one hundred Del Ray residents turned out for a fun-filled evening of safety-awareness and community-building.

A number of city officials stopped by to mingle with their constituents and neighbors. Thanks on behalf of the DRCA for their support! Also, thanks to the many volunteers that help make events such as this possible.

  • Police Chief Earl Cook
  • Sheriff Dana Lawhorne
  • Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg
  • City Council member John Chapman
  • City Council member Del Pepper
  • City Council member Paul Smedberg

Attendees enjoy an up-close look at firetrucks and police motorcycles, while enjoying live music and a cookout.


August 14, 2014


Monroe Avenue Complete Streets Meeting Notice

E Monroe Existing - StreetMixThe second community meeting for the Monroe Avenue Complete Streets project will be held on September 4th at 6pm at Commonwealth Academy (1321 Leslie Ave). The purpose of this meeting will be to review recommendations for the Monroe Avenue corridor and to gather community feedback on the proposals.

For additional meeting details, please view the City Calendar.


August 13, 2014


August 14, 2014 LUC Meeting Agenda

The August meeting of the Land Use Committee will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday August 14, 2014 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Please join us to discuss:

  • 519 and 521 East Howell Avenue – Restaurant, Applicant: EMS Food Group, LLC represented by Duncan Blair, attorney
  • Arlandria Floors Project Preliminary Presentation- Duncan Blair, Brett Rice
  • Proposal to build a second floor porch onto Del Ray Pizzeria

Also, don’t forget the next Oakville Triangle meeting will be held August 18th, 7-9pm, Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Topics to include Connectivity and Draft Illustrative Plan

Meeting Minutes Available here:

August 5, 2014


Join Us for National Night Out: Tonight @ 5:30pm, Mt. Vernon Community School

NNO2014WGet ready, Del Ray! This Tuesday, August 5 is National Night Out where we partner with Police and Fire Departments, the Sheriff’s Office and others for an evening of safety-awareness and community-building.

Join us on fields at the Mt Vernon Community School for family-friendly fun, entertainment, and refreshments from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.


July 15, 2014


Groundbreaking Ceremony for Route 1 Transitway

Metroway_Aug_2014-01A groundbreaking ceremony for the region’s first dedicated bus transitway will take place Friday, July 18, 9:00 am at 33rd Street and Crystal Drive in Arlington. The transitway is described as a mechanism for providing faster, more reliable bus service along the congested Route 1 corridor. The bus route will connect the Braddock Road Metro Station to the Crystal City Metro Station.

More details about the event can be found here, or general information about the system from the City of Alexandria transitway page.


July 10, 2014


Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy Notice

By Ginny Hill-Obranovich
Volunteer Coordinator, Alexandria Police Department

The fall session of the Citizens’ Police Academy is scheduled to start on Wednesday, September 10th and run thru Wednesday, November 12th with graduation on Wednesday, November 19th.

For those of you who are not familiar with the academy, it is a 10 week program for citizens and employees of the city of Alexandria to learn about the different units within the APD through demonstrations, presentations and hands on activities. The sessions are held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM at Headquarters in the Community Room. The goal of the academy is to build relationships between the Police Department and the participants through the new knowledge they have acquired.

The program has been very successful and we would like to expand the participants to include our APD families. If your spouse, significant other or parent would like to attend, please let them know about the academy.

Please complete the application and return to the volunteer office.

Any questions can be directed to either myself or Dee Seay, who is the Citizens’ Police Department Coordinator. Dee’s email is

Ginny Hill-Obranovich
Volunteer Coordinator
Alexandria Police Department
3600 Wheeler Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304

June 28, 2014


Save the date: National Night Out

NNO2014WThe Del Ray Citizens Association will be hosting a community gathering in conjunction with the National Night Out.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Mount Vernon Recreation Center Field

Details to follow soon.

June 24, 2014


DRCA Transportation and Public Safety committee update

By Judy Lo, ASLA, PLA
City of Alexandria, Virginia
Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

Several months have passed and I would like to provide an update on the relocation of the off leash Dog Exercise Area and the Stewart Avenue pedestrian/maintenance entrance. Comments from last fall’s November 9 meeting are re-attached for reference. A few months following that meeting, the owners of the adjacent Oakville Triangle site alerted the City that they would like to redevelop their 13 acre property. The Oakville Triangle/Route 1 planning process began this spring. The Department of Planning and Zoning and the Oakville Triangle Advisory Group are coordinating this process. The redevelopment has strong potential to provide improvements to the Mt. Jefferson Greenway. For this reason, the previously scheduled summer 2014 Mt. Jefferson Neighborhood Park planning initiative will be completed through the Oakville Triangle planning process (planning for the other Neighborhood Parks will begin as scheduled). For further information on Oakville Triangle planning, please visit the project page:

While a plan for the portion of Mt. Jefferson Park/W&OD Greenway, south of Raymond Avenue, will occur through the process described above, I would like to share the next steps for the two specific topics covered at the fall meeting.

There were questions at last fall’s meeting about whether moving the existing dog exercise area (DEA) would be subject to the Dog Park Master Plan guidelines for ‘new’ Dog Parks, adopted in September 2000. Continue reading…