Announcing Project Play Spruce Up Grant Winners!



The Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network, Alexandria/Arlington Smart Beginnings, and ACTion Alexandria teamed up to launch the Project Play Spruce Up Grants Competition to help residents improve local playgrounds and ensure that every child in Alexandria has a quality place to play.

Alexandria residents nominated 17 local playgrounds on the ACTion Alexandria website to receive a Project Play Spruce Up Grant to pay for new small equipment, equipment repairs and upgrades, seating and shade trees and other innovative ideas to improve Alexandria playspaces.

Two grants of $5,000 and two grants of $2,500 have been awarded based upon the number of votes received on ACTion Alexandria, feasibility, and need and accessibility based upon recommendations from a recent city-wide playspace assessment report conducted by Design Concepts.project_play_winners

4,440 online votes cast made choosing the winners an extremely tough job for the Project Play Taskforce who also had to take into account feasibility, need, and accessbility. We wish we could have awarded every nominated playground a grant.

We cannot thank our ACTion Hero playground advocates enough for nominating your local playgrounds and building support within the community for more and better play. And remember, everyone wins when parks are improved!

And the winners are..

Sunset Park, 10 Russell Road

  • Amount: $5,000.00
  • Improvements: Expand play area at the northwest corner of park and install a minimum of one piece of play equipment appropriate for children ages 2-5 years. 

Holmes Run Park Playground at N. Ripley Street

  • Amount: $5,000.00
  • Improvements: Replace swings and install a minimum of one additional piece of play equipment appropriate children ages 2-5 years.

Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy, 530 South Saint Asaph Street

  • Amount: $2,500.00
  • Improvements: Install fence or other barrier type along parking lot. (Note: Fence may require BAR approval or administrative approval). Provide plantings for along the fence that would be community maintained.

Angel Park, 201 West Taylor Run Parkway

  • Amount: $2,500.00
  • Improvements: Install a minimum of two interactive panels appropriate for children ages 2-5 years.


*As all of the playgrounds selected are public playgrounds, the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities to make the improvements. All improvements must be completed by April 30, 2012.


I live in maryland at crest apartments and the children there could really benefit from a better playgroung.  It has no swings and a lousy slide please help the little ones at crest apartments or show me how to go about it. Sandra Fitzhugh 

Hi Sandra, 

We worked with KaBOOM! a group that helps build playgrounds in low income neighborhoods. There are certain qualifications and KaBOOM! asks that partners raise about $8000 for new equipment. Here is a link to their website: 

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