The Boulevard Manor Civic Association (BMCA) Neighborhood Conservation project for Bluemont Park is set to begin this month. Kathy von Bredow, RLA, Arlington County Parks and Recreation, will oversee the project which includes several different elements.
This NC project is a multi-year program that will:
Restore the natural woodland area in Bluemont Park (in the area west of Four Mile Run between Carlin Springs Road, Arlington Boulevard and the south parking lot and continuing south across 1st Street N to Arlington Boulevard) by working in partnership with park staff, using a contractor for removal of invasive plant species, conducting a comprehensive survey of the flora and fauna, planting native plant species, encouraging and protecting wildlife diversity, and creating a nature trail with plant identification markers, and installing benches and some fencing to protect the natural area from the actively used disc golf course.
Provide safe pedestrian access to the playground, woodland area, and nature trail, by building sidewalk along the entrance roadway for the parking lot at N. Manchester Street and 4th Street N. to connect with the paved park trail.
Install historical signage on the Reeves Farm property.
Treatment of invasive plants in the woodland area, including English Ivy, vine and bush honeysuckle, multiflora rose, porcelainberry, Chinese Wisteria, Norway Maple, among others, will begin on Nov. 14 in the woodland area. Signage will mark the affected area. Planting of native trees, shrubs and understory plants is planned for the fall of 2017.
The sidewalk connecting the Four Mile Run Trail with Manchester and 4th Street will be designed over the winter and contruction will likely be completed over the summer.
Please contact Phil Klingelhofer if you have questions or suggestions.