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Go Fund Me Page Started to Collect Donations for New Alexandria Park at Bellefonte and Route 1

Landscape plan for the future Kettle Park along Route 1. (Photo courtesy of the Alexandria Beautification Commission)

City of Alexandria Will Match Every Contribution Dollar for Dollar

ALEXANDRIA, VA–Members of the community, advised by the City of Alexandria Beautification Commission, are committing to convert a grassy, vacant lot into a passive park that provides a natural oasis for people and wildlife, assists in pollution absorption, and beautifies the Route 1 corridor.

Del Ray Citizens Association Donates $12,500

To help fund a new grove of 14 trees and native plant meadows, the Del Ray Citizens Association has donated $12,500 of the $22,500 needed to receive the City of Alexandria’s recently awarded Community Matching Fund grant.

City Matching Funds and How You Can Help

Cash donations are being solicited to meet the remaining $10,000 goal. Every dollar contributed will be matched dollar for dollar by the City.

To be a part of this truly green park in Alexandria, visit the Go Fund Me Page to donate.

Naming Kettle Park

The community gave suggestions on possible park names and voted for their favorite in September 2018. The popular choice was Kettle Park, a nod to the oral history recalling  early Alexandrians gathering around a cooking kettle over an open fire for soups and stews in the area’s open fields. Both the Del Ray Citizens Association and the Alexandria Beautification Commission currently support the name choice, but for an official designation, it will require a City Council approval.


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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