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Residents, Community Leaders to Celebrate New Athletic Fields

Event is set for Monday evening.

Children celebrate the opening of new athletic fields in their neighborhood. Photo courtesy of VOICE.
Children celebrate the opening of new athletic fields in their neighborhood. Photo courtesy of VOICE.

Residents from the Richmond Highway and the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County will gather Monday at 6 p.m. in a local mobile home park to celebrate the construction of five youth athletic fields, including one that was recently opened at Audubon Mobile Home Park that will serve children who live in the neighborhood.

The community organization VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) worked with youth and parents from the mobile home park, coaches and families from schools in the area, and faith congregations to mount a persistent citizen/resident advocacy effort to get the fields. 

The field in the mobile home park was funded by Hometown America, the owner of the community, and the four fields will be renovated to synthetic turf at West Potomac and Mount Vernon High School due to over $200,000 raised by the high schools and $3 million allocated by the county school board and county government.

Also, the community leaders will talk about the need for continued investment in the youth of the area and improvements for families living in the mobile home park and surrounding community. Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay and Tara Edmonds, regional manager of Hometown America and will be in attendance. 

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