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File #: 14-3521    Name: Receipt of the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 12/10/2014 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 1/13/2015 Final action:
Title: Consideration of the Receipt of the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan.
Attachments: 1. 14-3521_Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan Summary Report, 2. 14-3521_Drainage Master Plan Summary, 3. 14-3521_Archeaology Investigations, 4. 14-3521_Public Comments on the Final Draft of the Management Plan, 5. 14-3521_Attachment 4a Letter from Dissenting FWAG Members, 6. 14-3521_Interdepartmental MOU and Protocol for Ground Disturbing Activities, 7. 14-3521_Letter from Dissenting FWAG Members and City Response, 8. 14-3521_Commission Letters of Endorsement, 9. 14-3521_Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan Presentation
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: JANUARY 7, 2015

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, ACTING CITY MANAGER /s/

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Consideration of the Receipt of the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan.
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ISSUE: Requesting City Council receipt and discussion of the Management Plan for Fort Ward Park and Museum Area, a multi-year process advised by the Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

1. Receive the management plan for Fort Ward Park and Museum Area; and

2. Forward the management plan docket item for public hearing on January 24, 2015 and after the public hearing indicate to the City Manager that the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities (RPCA), Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA), and Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) should proceed to implement the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan as outlined in this memorandum within available, or to be made available, future capital and operating budgetary resources.

BACKGROUND: At its December Legislative meeting City Council requested that the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan be redocketed for the January 13 Legislative meeting, and that this Management Plan and staff recommendations be docketed for the January 24 public hearing.

Since its establishment in the 1960s, the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area site continues to be an important community and Citywide parks and historic resource. In the fall of 2008, citizens expressed significant community concerns about the operations of the park and its historical resources including, but not limited to:

* The maintenance yard's harmful impacts to significant historic and cultural resources, especially those related to the African American f...

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