Penrose Civic Association President Maria “Pete” Durgan and Stefanie Pryor, Civic Federation representative.
On the day of the Columbia Pike Blues Festival in June, the Pike Presidents Group (PPG) sponsored a booth to show the work they’ve accomplished for the Pike community over the past year, and to meet and greet potential new members. Maria “Pete” Durgan, president of the Penrose Civic Association, organized the booth and brought her usual combination of fun and civic-mindedness to the event.
The president of the Douglas Park Civic Association, Adam Henderson, serves as chair of the PPG, which meets monthly either at CPRO’s office or the community room of APAH’s Arlington Mill Residences. Their goal is to improve neighborhoods through volunteer work by their members.
Membership is open to all who live within the boundaries of their association. Renters, homeowners, condo owners and apartment residents are all welcome to join. Find out what your Civic Associations have done for you in the list of recent accomplishments they distributed to one and all at the Blues Fest.
Here is a list of recent accomplishments by your Civic Association:
- Added sidewalks to 7th and 8th streets, streetlights throughout the neighborhood, and traffic circles, 4-way stops and speed humps to slow traffic.
- Worked with the Presbyterian Church and Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing on the redevelopment of the Presbyterian Church site.
- Responding to additional development proposed for the Foreign Affairs Training Center. Arlington Mill and Columbia Forest
- Planning a farmers market for Arlington Mill Community Center.
Arlington Mill worked with the County to:
- Secure emergency access to residents of the Park Glen Condominiums and the Residences of Arlington Mill, as well as occupants of Arlington Mill Community Center, during times when access to South Dinwiddie Street is impeded.
- Update and improve residential street lighting.
- Improve pedestrian and vehicular traffic at So. Arlington Mill Drive and Ninth Street So.
Barcroft School and Civic League
- Snowshovel Brigade cleared walks and driveways for seniors and others needing help after every snowfall this winter.
- Seventh Street South to W&OD connector project is emerging from the Neighborhood Conservation pipeline and will be completed this year.
- Convinced County to make safety improvements, i.e., restricted parking near some intersections to improve sightlines for motorists, improve signage for pedestrian safety.
- Arranges food truck parties at the County parking lot at the Pike and Four Mile Run.
- Developed a new web site (please sign up!) and social media presence.
- Successfully got Frederick Street repaved after construction tore it up.
- Organizes and sponsors annual neighborhood 4th of July Parade and Community Picnic, now in its 35th year.
- Spearheaded improving the walking trail between Randolph Elementary and Doctors Run Park, adding lighting.
- Working with the County to install streetlights on 12th St. So. between Quincy and Monroe and improve pedestrian safety on 12th St. So. between Glebe and Walter Reed.
- Working with the County to bring new street lights to the community.
Working with local entities on Arlington National Cemetery expansion/land acquisition.
- The Green Committee brought 100+ trees to the neighborhood through the county free-tree program.
- Worked with the County to upgrade Butler Holmes Park.
- Plan social events through the year and a picnic in the fall.
Not sure what Civic Association you live in? Check out this map.