CHCA Membership Meeting, Monday, January 16th, 2022 7 pm – 9 pm Location: ONLINE

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CHCA Membership Meeting, Monday, January 16th, 2022 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: ONLINE
7:00 PM President’s Update and the goals for tonight – (Ron Haddox)
7:05 PM Approval of the Meeting tonight’s agenda and the March meeting minutes. (Marian and Ron)
7: 10 PM Treasury Report – next steps? (Ed)
7:15 PM Form-Based Code – Upcoming meeting? (Ed)
7:20 PM Planning Commission Public Facilities Review Committee Update (Marian) Update?
7:25 PM  Pickleball concerns at the Walter Reed Community Center Next Steps (Ashley and Chad)
– Arlington County failing to comply with noise ordinances – Chad and Ron

As I’m sure you are aware, Pickleball is growing in popularity. To meet this demand the tennis and basketball courts at the Walter Reed Community Center have become a major site for constant pickleball. Neighbors in close proximity to the park have raised a number of issues that need to be addressed:

  • Noise from pickleball has become a major issue, particularly as players begin their games very early in the morning (before 6 a.m.) and continue well past the 10 p.m. limit, seven days a week.
  • When the community center is closed, neighbors believe that pickleball players are urinating behind the center, behind trees, and near children’s playground areas.
  • Residents are now discouraged from playing basketball or tennis, now that their areas are being monopolized by pickleball.
  • The street surrounding the Walter Reed facility has never had a lot of parking. This activity also has impacted the neighborhood with increased demand to use the courts since most of the players are not using public transportation

 It appears there was no or little outreach to the community. With our increased population growth, the issue of noise will become a major concern to our neighborhoods.

Recommendation

Columbia Heights Civic Association recommends that the courts are closed at the same time as the facilities managing the courts. This will ensure County staff will be there during playtime to minimize any conflict.

We recommend the same hours as the Basketball Hours.
From the County’s website.
Outdoor Basketball Hours
Sun., Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. 2 p.m. – sunset.
Tues. & Thurs. 2-5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to sunset.

– Update – Walgreens MOU with CPP (formerly CPRO) (Reggie)

– Planning for the up Coming Annual Meeting, plus outreach

Santa will ride through Green Valley, Columbia Heights, and Douglas Park – Starting at 12 PM on Saturday, 12/17

I am extremely pleased to report that Santa enjoyed his ride with Fire Station #9 in Douglas Park so much last year, that he is ready to do it again next weekend. Starting at 12 PM on Saturday, 12/17, Santa will ride through Green Valley, Columbia Heights, and Douglas Park just to remind all the good girls and boys that he’ll be swinging by later in the month for “business reasons”.

The route has been shortened a bit due to time constraints, but hopefully, everyone is still within a few blocks to see him:

 

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Please let this message as a gentle reminder that we are trying to spread joy across a broad swath of South Arlington, so hopefully, the minor route changes are okay. More updates to follow this week as well as a possible Santa tracker, and his plans will get more defined in the next few days. He says he’s been dealing with a lot of reindeer “sniffles” lately (haven’t we all?), so hopefully, we all get to share a fun day on Saturday.