Volunteer with the Parks Committee! The Parks Committee works to improve the number and quality of parks and open space in the Del Ray Community by actively coordinating with the City of Alexandria Parks and Recreation Department and participating in the City sponsored Adopt-a-Park Program. By keeping parks litter free, the Committee earns money for the Del Ray neighborhood which is reinvested into neighborhood parks.

Chair: Peter Garafola

Email: [email protected]

Adopt-a-Park Program

The Adopt-a-Park Program coordinates the pick up of trash from spring through fall in several neighborhood parks.  After weekly inspections, the City provides funds to DRCA at year-end in return for our efforts.

How can you help?
You can help by signing up for certain weeks throughout the year to be responsible to cleanup one of the local parks below. On Saturday or Sundays, spend some time picking up trash and recycling within one of your local parks. You bring your own bags and take the trash with you. DRCA can provide pickup sticks and training.

Why volunteer to help cleanup our parks?

  1. Keep Del Ray parks beautiful for our neighbors
  2. Enjoy the great weather! (Cleanup program runs from April to November)
  3. Earn city funds to improve the parks with new amenities, like the work done at the E Del Ray Park with DRCA Park funds and matching city money.
  4. It’s a fun activity for neighbors and families
  5. Make some progress in that podcast while getting some exercise.
  6. Get a better sense of what Del Ray’s parks have to offer and get some ideas of how DRCA can reinvest to improve them

DRCA has adopted several parks within the neighborhood as part of the city’s Adopt a Park program. DRCA members volunteer to clean the parks from April to November. The city follows up on random Mondays each month to inspect the parks and award points, which leads to the funds provided to the association at the end of the year.

DRCA has adopted the following parks:

  1. Commonwealth Island Medians – from Mason Ave to Mt. Vernon Ave
  2. Judy Lowe Neighborhood Park – E Del Ray and Commonwealth
  3. Mason Avenue Mini Park – between Monroe and Mason Avenues
  4. St. Asaph Park – between Oxford Avenue and Mt. Ida Avenue.
  5. WOD Trail Park – Mt. Jefferson Greenway parallels Randolph Ave to the east between East Custis and Raymond Ave
  6. Simpson Gardens – from the YMCA Parking lot to the ball field fence between E Monroe and Duncan Avenues
  7. Kettle Park – Bellefonte and Route 1 to the tree line

Google Map Overview of Park cleanup areas

Interested in learning more? Email [email protected]