If you’ve been down Eisenhower Avenue over the past few months, you may have noticed a new addition to the area – a new multi-purpose athletic field! What you may not have noticed is what’s underneath. The field was built on top of our new Nutrient Management Facility, which will help us reduce the amount of nitrogen in Alexandria’s wastewater that flows through AlexRenew’s pump stations and interceptors to our Eisenhower facility to be transformed into clean water and reusable resources. The cleaned water then flows to the Potomac River through local waterways and into the Chesapeake Bay.
Innovation, being a good neighbor and transforming our waterways are among AlexRenew’s core values, and this project could not be a better representation of them. So upon its completion, we decided to celebrate with our neighbors in the City!
The field formally opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, October 23, 2015, with distinguished speakers and guests including Congressman Donald Beyer, Mayor Euille, members of Alexandria City Council, and Jeff Lape, Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Technology with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Miss Virginia, Savannah Lane, also was in attendance, kicking off the event with the National Anthem.
One event wasn’t enough to let our neighbors know about the new field, called Limerick Field. The following day, Saturday, October 24, we also held a Family FieldFest, a free day-long festival that brought together community businesses and organizations who share our values of healthy and sustainable living. The children who came especially enjoyed pumpkin painting, the live music, and meeting Alexandria’s new nitrogen-eating superhero – Moxie!
All in all, the weekend capped off ten years of collaboration with the city and other development partners to create a space that serves the city’s immediate need for more green space and fits into the Carlyle neighborhood’s long-term community plan.
If you couldn’t attend Family FieldFest, the field is now managed by the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and is used for soccer leagues and other recreation activities. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the new field!