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File #: 14-3977    Name: Windmill HIll Park Concept Plan
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 4/14/2015 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 6/10/2015 Final action:
Title: Consideration of an Amendment to the City Council Approved 2003 Windmill Hill Park Concept Plan to Include a Living Shoreline Design Concept.
Attachments: 1. 14-3977_Windmill Hill Park Attachment 1.pdf, 2. 14-3977_Windmill Hill Park Living Shoreline Plan, 3. 14-3977_CityCouncilPresentation.pdf
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: JUNE 3, 2015

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

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

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Consideration of an Amendment to the City Council Approved 2003 Windmill Hill Park Concept Plan to Include a Living Shoreline Design Concept.
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ISSUE: City Council consideration of an amendment to the City Council approved 2003 Windmill Hill Park Concept Plan to include a living shoreline design concept.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:
1. Receive the recommended concept plan amendment and schedule it for public hearing on June 13;
2. Amend the approved 2003 Windmill Hill Park Concept Plan to include a living shoreline design concept; and
3. Authorize the City staff to proceed with implementation of the living shoreline design concept.

BACKGROUND: Discussions of the Windmill Hill Park Concept Plan started in the late 1990's, leading to a Council adopted plan in fiscal year 2002. The most recent plan was adopted by Council in April of 2003 (Attachment 1). The concept plan addresses the entirety of the park (east and west of Union Street) including proposed use areas, plantings, and sidewalks, along with a proposed shoreline rehabilitation plan.

Design and construction funding for park improvements (including the shoreline rehabilitation) was programmed in FY 2007 and FY 2008. The estimated construction costs, based on the 2003 concept plan, exceeded the available funding and implementation was deferred. In FY 2012 an engineering study concluded the bulkhead had failed and posed a safety hazard. A safety fence was installed in the fall of 2012 (FY 2013) to restrict access to the bulkhead.

Funding opportunities were explored in 2010 and 2012 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA...

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