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Advisory: Enhancing the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park in Vienna

Next week, the Town of Vienna is sponsoring an independent Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in conjunction with ULI Washington on the topic “Enhancing the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park in Vienna.” After a tour of the study area and various interviews, the panel will provide an open-press initial presentation of their findings, the details of which can be found below:

Who: Urban Land Institute Washington; Town of Vienna
What: Initial panel findings on “Enhancing the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park in Vienna”
Where: Vienna Town Hall – 127 Center Street South, Vienna, VA 22180
When: Thursday, September 7th, 4:30pm-6:00pm

As part of the 2015 Update to the Comprehensive Plan, the Town of Vienna (The Town) established the goal of creating master plans for all of the Town’s parks. This includes the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, which runs through the Town and intersects with the Town Green and the Church Street and Maple Avenue Commercial Corridors. The park, which is managed by NOVA Parks, enjoys high volumes of bicyclists and pedestrians and connects the Town to other towns and cities throughout Northern Virginia. The Comprehensive Plan states the following in regard to the park (also referred to as the W&OD trail):

“The trail is an asset to the Town in terms of its popularity and ridership and its connection to other parts of Fairfax County. The Town should support further improvements of the trail and remain an active partner with NOVA Parks.”

The Town feels that there is significant potential in enhancing the park throughout the portion that runs through Vienna (which is approximately 2 miles of the 45-mile trail). Other jurisdictions in the area have studied how to enhance the trail and the Town would like to do the same in a way that distinctly highlights the Town of Vienna.

Technical Assistance Panels are volunteer groups of experienced individuals who have been assembled by Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington for their relevant expertise. For more information on ULI Washington’s Technical Assistance Panels, visit http://washington.uli.org/what-we-do/technical-assistance-panels/.

This Technical Assistance Panel is being sponsored in partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), as part of an effort to bring focus and investment in COG-designated Activity Centers, or areas in the region that are expected to see the majority of the region’s growth in the future. To read more about Activity Centers, visit: https://www.mwcog.org/community/planning-areas/land-use-and-activity-centers/activity-centers/.

To RSVP for this event please contact ulipress@millennialdc.com or 202-417-8605.

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