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Alexandria Recreation Centers To Be Reserved For Voting On Nov. 3

ALEXANDRIA, VA — City of Alexandria recreation centers will be open only for voting on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

  • Charles Barrett Recreation Center, 1115 Martha Custis Drive
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street
  • Chinquapin Park Recreation Center and Aquatics Facility, 3210 King Street
  • James K. Polk Recreation Center, 5000 Polk Avenue
  • John Adams Recreation Center, 5651 Rayburn Avenue
  • Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street
  • Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Avenue
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Oswald Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Avenue
  • William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Avenue

Before the recreation centers resume normal operations on Wednesday, Nov. 4, they will undergo deep cleaning as a safety precaution.

In-person voting locations will follow polling place safety guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Office of Voter Registration and Elections’ preparations include training for election officers, limiting the number of people inside each polling place at one time, providing hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies at each polling place, using extensive signage and floor markers, and providing plexiglass shields between voters and staff where needed. Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will encourage proper mask use and physical distancing in outdoor lines and indoor polling places.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. An acceptable form of identification is required to vote in person, but it no longer has to be a photo ID. Examples of accepted IDs include a Virginia driver’s license or DMV-issued photo ID, U.S. passport, and copy of a utility bill, paycheck or other government document showing the voter’s address.

For more election information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Elections.

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Shuttered hotel gives way to luxury homes in Alexandria, Va.

As a renter in Crystal City, Oparka had been worrying about the effect of Seattle-based Amazon’s opening a second headquarters in that Arlington, Va., neighborhood. (Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon, owns The Washington Post). He later recalled thinking, “Those changes will be exciting, but in 10 years’ time, what will it be like to live here?” He had already started looking around at new residential construction.

So he followed the couple’s advice, and then he purchased a one-bedroom corner unit on the ninth floor of the 13-story building.

Carr Cos. bought the property and has been redeveloping it, replacing the hotel with 119 condominium units, flanked on two sides by a total of 41 townhouses. The 13-story condominium project is exempted from a height limit for new construction because it is replacing the hotel.

Nearly half of the condo units and townhouses have been sold. Base prices for the remaining condos range from $500,000 to $3 million; for the remaining townhouses, from $1.5 million to $2.6 million. Buyers are expected to begin moving in next fall.

Floor-to-ceiling windows: A furnished two-bedroom, two-bathroom model unit is on view at the sales office across the street from the property. For prospective buyers, a tour is like walking through a real condo.

The entry door opens into the kitchen, which adjoins a living and dining space with a balcony outside. Flanking the open-plan living area are two bedrooms, one on each side. One bedroom has an en suite bathroom; the other has a bathroom steps away. A washer and dryer are in a closet between the bathroom and the second bedroom. The unit has floor-to-ceiling windows.

Oparka described some of the choices involved in buying his one-bedroom unit. “I traded a water view for space and price,” he said. “If I want to look at the river I can go to the rooftop.” The rooftop is where there’ll be grill stations, fire pits, outdoor TVs and a lounge that residents can reserve for parties.

Oparka also snagged storage space for some of his bikes and assorted gear. “The two I ride the most I’ll keep inside my home,” he said. “The other three I’ll put into either my storage spot area or the building’s bike storage area.”

Other amenities include front-desk concierge service, a pet spa and a fitness center.

WCS Construction is the general contractor. Lessard Design provided the architects and designers. McWilliams Ballard is handling sales.

Nearby: The Potomac River is one block from Venue. Old Town Alexandria has an abundance of shops, galleries, dining options and historical sites. Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter are a couple of blocks away. Montgomery Park is a two-acre retreat with picnic tables, a playground, a dog park, tennis courts and grass fields. Mount Vernon Trail runs by the development. From Venue, it’s a short drive to Crystal City, Pentagon City, Reagan National Airport and Potomac Yard, all in Virginia, and, across the Potomac, to downtown Washington, Georgetown, the Mall

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Recreation | City of Alexandria, VA


What you need to know about animals, pets and wildlife in Alexandria.

Arts & Culture

Through engaging the community, encouraging participation, and facilitating access to arts and culture, the City builds a vibrant community for its residents, workers, and visitors.

Buildings & Construction

The City provides services to residents, businesses, contractors, and visitors needing permits for constructions and other developments.

Discrimination & Disabilities

Information about the City’s Human Rights Code, human rights and anti-discrimination services and activities, and resources and services for people with disabilities.


“Green” initiatives, air quality, noise, water conservation, mosquito and rodent control.


Alexandria offers wide range of job opportunities and services. Work for City government or City Public Schools, find out about an internship opportunity or learn about workforce development and career training options.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) centrally manages, shares and analyzes information about locations through specialized mapping technology. This information increases transparency, improves many City technology applications and provides critical data to decision makers and the public.

New Resident Information

Learn some of the things you need to know as a new resident, and explore the City’s website for more information about City government services, programs, initiatives, projects and events.

Parks & Recreation

Alexandria is an active community that offers more than 900 acres of parks and dedicated public space, and a wide variety of neighborhood and recreation centers, pools, dog parks, farmers’ markets, waterfront activities and more.

Public Health & Wellness

Alexandria is committed to ensuring our residents thrive through physical, mental, and social health.

Public Safety & Courts

Agencies and programs that help maintain our safety and overall quality of life. These links contain information about the City of Alexandria’s law enforcement agencies and public safety organizations, courts and judicial system.

Public Works

The City provides a number of services to residents, including refuse collection and recycling. In addition, the City is responsible for maintaining streets, sidewalks, bridges, and other infrastructure in the City.

Real Estate & Taxes

The City collects car and real estate taxes, maintains tax relief programs and assesses property values. Taxes can be paid in a variety of ways including online, by phone and by mail.

Social Services

The City provides public assistance as a safety net for individuals and families, including help with homelessness prevention, food, rent, utilities, medical coverage and prescriptions, job training and placement assistance, and much more.


Information on how to get to and through the City of Alexandria, including walking, biking, bus, rail, air, ridesharing, and more.


The City of Alexandria does not operate any public utilities. The following companies are the primary providers of their respective servers:

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Community Recreation Centers | City of Alexandria, VA

Neighborhood Centers 

City recreation centers offer a variety of programs and drop-in activities.  Special Activities are held regularly at each center. 

Registration & Reservation Services, and Administrative Offices are located at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. (703.746.5414). 

Recreation Center hours may be adjusted for select Federal and City holidays .

Note: Please be advised that unless otherwise specified, the programs offered at the recreation centers are not licensed child care programs nor are they to be alternatives for child care.

Specialty Centers 

Recreation Center ID Policy

All participants/users of the City of Alexandria neighborhood recreation centers must be residents of the City, and are required to show proof of residency to register at the neighborhood recreation centers. To determine if you are a City resident, refer to the

City Residency Verification Guide .

Recreation Center Rentals

Recreation centers are available for use by community groups and organizations. Amenities include meeting rooms, gymnasium, dance studio, and activity rooms. Groups will be charged appropriate staff and rental fees based on their individual request. Rental information and availability may be obtained at each individual center. For additional information and hours of operation, call the recreation center of interest. 

Recreation Center Party Packages

Party packages are designed for youth and feature use of a party room and fun activity. 

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