Two years ago we formed Shirlington’s first-ever civic association to give our community a voice in Arlington County affairs.

Participating in May 17 Jennie Dean Park Historic Marker Installation and new AFAC Office Tour Right to Left: Marion Jordan (Windgate 1), Caroline Haynes (Parks & Rec. Commission Chair), Katie Cristol (Arlington County Board member), Edie Wilson (Shirlington Civic Association President), John Vihstadt (County Board member) and Virginia Farris (SCA Board member and 4MRV Alternate).

With 2,200 households in 8 homeowner associations and 3 large rental buildings, not to mention WETA, Signature Theater, Energy Club, Animal Welfare League, and the Arlington Trades Center, and all the office workers, small businesses, and merchants in the Village, we form a vibrant, cohesive urban village and extended community that is the envy of many. But you know all that.

Here’s what you may not know — the range of what we’ve been doing two and a half years later. So here are highlights:

  • Organized the civic association, obtained recognition from adjacent communities on our boundaries, obtained County Board recognition, and joined the Arlington Civic Federation, created this website and a Facebook page;
  • Vigorously supported the Shirlington Dog Park —  in February 2016 we passed and sent to the County Board a resolution in explaining its economic and social value to our community, and are continuing our efforts, working closely with Shirlington Dogs II and local dog-related businesses;
  • Obtained $35,000 in County funding from the Neighborhood Conservation Program to install neighborhood signs in the larger Shirlington civic area down to Walter Reed and up to Rt. 7;
  • Insisted that Shirlington be given TWO County-appointed Representatives to the Four Mile Run Valley Planning Initiative (4MRV), and have been working to formulate for over a year on a master plan for the light industrial and parks areas;
  • For the May 7th SCA Meeting with Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz

    Developed excellent working relationships with Arlington County Board members and the County Manager, who we hosted at our May meeting;

  • Work regularly with the HOAs, merchants and Federal Realty on a wide range of improvements and needs, such as parking, improving entry points to our area, amenities, way-finding signage, and improvements to the Village;
  • Asked the Arlington County and VDOT to paint the disgracefully rusted pedestrian bridge over I-395, with help from Rep. Don Beyer;
  • Are pursuing the creation of a possible community and cultural affairs center in the vacant 13,000 sq-ft office space at 2700 S. Quincy Street (above the Capitol City Brewery Co.);
  • Closely monitored County negotiations with WETA over the future sale of its Production Center within Jennie Dean Park to the County as well as retaining it as an anchor tenant in the Village;
  • Built a good working relationship with the Arlington Trades Center to resolve traffic, noise, and other issues, and conducted 3 tours there for our Home Owner Association leaders (let us know if you would ever like to go); and
  • Gave media interviews and presentations about Shirlington.

So join us please! Our meetings are open to all. They now take place at the Shirlington Public Library on the second Monday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. (But not in August or December!)  See you soon, we hope.