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July 4th Parade: A Barcroft Tradition

By Andrew Hunter



Mark your calendar for Barcroft's greatest neighborhood event. Come Celebrate Our Nation's 239th Birthday and the 27th Annual 4th of July Barcroft parade. This year held on . . . drum roll. . . Saturday the 4th of July! Rain or shine!

As it does every year, the parade begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Anyone can join in and we congregate in the Women's Club parking lot at 9:45 across from the Barcroft community House.

This year's event features: A Boy Scout Color Guard, AFD Fire Engine, our very own Barcroft Marching Band, and Uncle Sam. There is also an act for kids of all ages after the parade in the community house. This year the Unicycle Lady will return with unicycle oriented comedy. This will be followed with an Awards Ceremony for parade medals, food, BBQ, drinks, family and friends and the singing of our National Anthem.

Let's make this the Zaniest year ever!!! Decorate those strollers and bikes, paint those faces and bellies or come dressed as your favorite super hero or rock star! Turn your bike into a helicopter, put wheels on your surfboard, make a fun float or banner!!! Come and join in the fun, create memories and see what makes this neighborhood so special. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information, see this link to our parade page or call Andrew Hunter at 703-979-8247. If you want to be in the Marching Band contact Melissa Bishop at 703-379-7537.

Here is the June-July issue of the Barcroft News


The next BSCL meeting will be on September 3rd.


May Meetings

We held two BSCL meetings at the Community House this month.

Thursday, May 14

This was a special meeting to discuss concerns about proposed changes to the County's affordable housing master plan regarding the lack of geographic distribution of affordable housing throughout the County and its potential impact on neighborhood schools. A member of the County's affordable housing study team spoke at the meeting. Here is the BSCL resolution adopted at this very well-attended meeting.

Thursday, May 7

This was our final regular meeting until September. We held our annual election for officers and one board member. The new officers are:
  • President: Chris Kupczyk
  • Vice President: Joe Knarich
  • Recording Secretary: Christine Hopkins
  • Membership Secretary: Fay Cheung
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Lis
  • Board Member: Eric Parker
In addition, Steve Gaffney from Arlington Transit (ART), briefed us on their survey of transit needs as they begin preparation of the new Transit Development Plan 2017-2026. The County is asking each of us to fill out a survey, found at arlingtontransit.com, to find out what we want in the way of transit. He also informed us of many transit updates throughout the County, and discussed Columbia Pike transit developments without the cancelled streetcar project.

Progress on our park project

Beginning in March 2015 the County is reconstructing the park at Four Mile Run and Columbia Pike. This is the photo of the first week's progress.



We have more info on the park project here.

April 2 meeting

We heard an interesting presentation from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service about their many services, sustainable urban gardening and more. They can help with soil testing as well as identifying plant and insect problems. Next month we will hear from ART transit. The meeting will be on May 7 at 7:30pm at the Community House, 800 S. Buchanan St.

Results of the Chatlist Poll on the default "reply to all" setting


Here is our famous freezing water pipe in the crawl space of the Community House


February BSCL program

County Board member John Vihstadt gave generously of his time to discuss and answer questions about key County issues, inclusing those impacting Columbia Pike.

We approved the purchase of new locks and keys for the Community House. Here are the draft minutes of the meeting.

January 2015 program

On January 8, we welcomed back Takis Karantonis, Executive Director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, who provided an update on developments along the Pike and shared his thoughts on what's next following the streetcar project cancellation.


We had our Barcroft Holiday Sing-Along on December 4

We had a great time at the traditional Barcroft Holiday Sing-Along, singing with the Barcroft holiday band and with a visit by Santa.

November Meeting: Redevelopment Proposal

We met on November 6 for a presentation by the developer on a new building to be constructed at the northeast corner of Columbia Pike and South Buchanan Street (site of the current El Tutumaso and the former Cafe Sauca). Members of the Douglas Park Civic Association attended as well. The proposal calls for the construction of a four-story condominium building, with street-level retail. Under Columbia Pike form-based code (FBC) standards, the proposed development is relatively small--less than 40,000 square feet--and therefore would not require any modifications under the FBC. This will be the first major FBC redevelopment effort along our stretch of the Pike.

What We Like About Our Neighborhood

We are a friendly, quiet neighborhood originally established in 1903. We have about 800 mostly modest single-family homes, and about 400 apartments along our outer edge. Most of the houses here were built in the 1930-1970 era, but we have a growing number of newer, larger homes as well. We have an active civic association, an historic Community House and a monthly neighborhood newsletter, The Barcroft News, first published in 1903.

The Barcroft School and Civic League sponsors neighborhood events ranging from our annual Fourth of July Parade and picnic to a Holiday program with a visit from Santa Claus, meet-the-candidates nights before elections, spaghetti dinners, Easter egg hunts and National Night Out ice cream socials. These events retain the strong spirit of community existing here for over 100 years. This is a good place to live.



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To Contact Us

Please send email to:

Eric Harold
President, Barcroft School and Civic League
or call him at 703-486-0879

or email our Webmaster

Randy Swart

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This page was revised on: June 10, 2015.
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