VOICE Calls for Community to Support Better Parks on Route 1
VOICE is asking parents, coaches, students, and community members to show support for improved recreation facilities on Wednesday.
Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay will visit local parks on Wednesday to learn more about the needs of Route 1 regarding its high youth, heavily low-income community.
The visit is organized by Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, (VOICE). McKay will visit local parks and fields including Mount Vernon High School's practice field and Muddy Hole Park. VOICE is calling on community members, parents, coachesstudents, and athletes to rally at the following locations on Wednesday:
West Potomac High School practice field: Students, coaches and parents should arrive by 7 p.m. Supervisor McKay will arrive at 7:20pm and report his progress on the commitments he made to us. RSVP to Rick Genuario at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend.
The tour stems from a 400-person public meeting organized by VOICE in June to push for more investment in youth recreation facilities and access to after-school programs for local youth. At the action, McKay and Lee District Park Authority board member Ed Batten committed to work with VOICE to make improvements at Muddy Hole, MLK, and Mt. Vernon Woods parks and to fund the following priorities in the impending $75 million Fairfax Park Bond: $1.2 million for synthetic turf fields at West Potomac & Mount Vernon high schools; $50,000 to organize a public-private partnership to create a playing field in Audubon, a low-income immigrant community; and planning funding for a low-fee recreation or community center along the Route 1 Corridor.