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Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Lake Cook Retrofit Project

City of Alexandria to Host Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate the Completion of the Lake Cook Retrofit Project on May 18

The Alexandria City Council invites the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovation of Lake Cook in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Alexandria City Council invites the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovation of Lake Cook (3911 Eisenhower Ave.) on Saturday, May 18, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Visitors will also be able to learn more about the animals living in and around Lake Cook and get an up-close look at live animals from the Nature Center. The event will occur rain or shine.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) awarded the City a $1.5 million Stormwater Local Assistance Fund in 2013 to fund the Lake Cook Stormwater Management Retrofit Project. The project converted the existing fishing pond to a stormwater wet pond—a stormwater best management practice (BMP) that will help filter pollutants, such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment out of the stormwater that enters the pond.

The project—a joint effort between the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services, the Department of Project Implementation, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, and Office of the Arts—also added an original work of public art by Baltimore-based artist David Hess, created new trail connections and new fishing opportunities, and installed educational signage and native-plant landscaping.

For more information on the project, contact Sara DeGroot. To learn more about the project, visit this link. For more information about public art in Alexandria, visit this link.

Lee Hernly, Editor
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