On Wednesday, October 10th, EYA gathered with the Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Mayor Bill Euille, the City Parks department and historian Louis Hicks of the Alexandria Black History Museum to dedicate a new park in the City of Alexandria.
The new park, located at N. Alfred Street and Montgomery Street, is part of the Old Town Commons housing development, which includes five city blocks of new townhomes, condominiums and affordable rental homes.
A large green space overlooks a stage for community gatherings and performances, plus child-friendly amenities such as climbing mound and musical play equipment. Native plants and trees contribute to the eco-friendly landscaping design and decorative concrete forms a unique "banjo" feature to pay homage to banjo player James Bland for which the neighborhood was originally named.
The Old Town Commons new home development will maintain the park, which is now owned by the City of Alexandria. It has not yet been formally named, but neighbors are warmly calling it "Banjo Park".