A park in Fairfax County’s Huntington neighborhood recently got some TLC from a new neighbor.
More than 70 employees of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) turned out on November 3, 2017, to clean Mount Eagle Park, a little green oasis behind a townhouse development next to the Huntington Metro station. Washington REIT acquired an apartment complex about a mile away last year and chose to clean up the park for its annual corporate Day of Service.
Mount Eagle Park features a playground, a “beach” volleyball court, a shelter with picnic tables and plenty of open space surrounded by trees.
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Area 3 Maintenance Crew and staff from the agency’s Invasive Management Area Program (IMA) developed a list of projects they thought could be accomplished in a single session, and everyone went to work on a beautiful fall day. Washington REIT and FCPA provided the labor. Much of the materials and supplies were donated, including 25 trees.
Area 3 Maintenance Director Phil Hager and Cathy Ledec, the Mount Eagle Park IMA Site Leader, tallied results that included:
- More than 3,000 square feet of invasive plants removed
- 70 bags of invasive plant material removed
- 600 feet of railing painted
- 10 tons of stone dust spread on 360 feet of trail
- A volleyball court edged
- 40 tons of sand added to volleyball court
- 18 yards of fiber added to the playground
- Playground equipment scrubbed
- 25 native trees planted
- One sign installed
- Four signs painted
- Several signs straightened
- Exposed wood on the park pavilion treated with water sealant
- The pavilion floor power washed
- One bench dug out and relocated
- Trash picked up and removed.
Ledec said the largest item retrieved was a vacuum cleaner.
“A good and safe time was had by all,’’ Hager said.
“I was humbled by the energized, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer team who completed a long list of trail and park maintenance projects,’’ said Ledec, noting that it all was accomplished in six hours.
Ledec said many neighbors taking walks that day and others in the neighborhood stopped to express their gratitude. It was, she said, “All-in-all a very successful day of community service.”
Author Lori K. Weinraub is a professional journalist and a volunteer writer for the Fairfax County Park Authority.