By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
Fans of Cameron Run Regional Park, a facility in Alexandria, Virginia, that includes the Great Waves Water Park, a miniature golf course, and batting cages, are trying to ensure the park will be there for the long-term with the extension of its lease. Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks), which operates the park and leases the land from the City of Alexandria, has been trying to get a lease extension for year. A group called “Friends of Cameron Run,” which formed this summer, is hosting a free night of family fun on September 30, 2016, to help get the word out about the park’s offerings and its future.
Cameron Run Rocks will take place from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm that day and will include free batting cages, mini golf, a climbing wall, and games and prizes. Admission is free.
Friends of Cameron Run supports a proposal that would extend the lease on Cameron Run Regional Park (along with the purchase of a historic home on Prince Street) beyond its current end date of the year 2020. NOVA Parks seeks a 20-year lease extension to keep the popular park and water park there (lease renewal discussions would not occur again until 2036). Opponents want the City to instead keep the space for other uses such as more ballfields. Alexandria Times reports that the 26-acre park is visited by more than 100,000 people each year, with a third of those visitors are from Alexandria. The City of Alexandria will vote until this fall. You can read more about the issue on this Alexandria Times article.