A recent Washington Post Story about Westover
What is HPOK?
Arlington governance is organized around Civic Associations. These neighborhood organizations allow citizens to request civic and infrastructure improvements, organize community events, and establish long term planning goals. Through your Civic Association, you can apply for funds to add sidewalks, crosswalks, rain gardens, or traffic calming measures. You can ask for money to address drainage problems, or improve existing public amenities like walkways and parks. Civic Associations also may sponsor neighborhood events like picnics and yard sales, farmer’s markets and holiday parties. A map of the 57 Arlington Civic Associations can be found here. HPOK’s boundaries are shown in the map on the home page
Arlington County asks Civic Associations to devise a Neighborhood Conservation Plan, in order that communities may come together to set priorities for County funding. The program is described here: HPOK’s 2006 plan is linked below. If you have an idea for a civic improvement and would like funding from Arlington County, the County asks you to bring your idea to your Civic Association first, through your Civic Association’s representative to the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC)
The NCAC leads the development of neighborhood plans and recommends neighborhood-initiated capital improvements for funding by the County Board. Improvements include sidewalks, street beautification, pedestrian safety projects, street lights and parks.
NCAC Members are comprised of representatives from 48 of Arlington County’s 57 civic associations. Each community that participates in the Neighborhood Conservation (NC) Program has a NC Representative serving as a liaison with County staff in the development of a neighborhood plan. The plan ultimately reflects the desires of the community as a whole. All NC representatives serve on the NCAC.
In HPOK, we have one project due to start construction in the spring of 2017, “Greenway Beautification,” which is comprised of some spot improvements to the Greenway parallel to N. Ohio St. between Washington Blvd and 22nd St. The project should have begun in 2016 but has been delayed due to a backlog of work. The plan includes streetlight upgrades, path improvements, sidewalk improvements, and renovation of the drainage catch basin at the corner of 20th N and N Ohio Street. Plans are in the design stage now and concepts will be presented to the neighborhood in early 2017 with plenty of time for neighbors’ comments.
HPOK’s first priority project, now on a wait list gathering points, is improvements to Highland Park, the small woods area at the northwest corner of the intersection of N Ohio St and I66. The improvements planned for this area include a safe pedestrian crossing on Ohio St, and improvements for existing bike/pedestrian paths that lead from N Ohio St. to 14th St N to the west, and the bike path on the north side of I66.
Anyone wishing to get more involved with NCAC should get in touch with Dennis McGarry, the current HPOK NC Representative.
Civic Associations are the way Arlington democracy works. You can participate in your civic association by paying annual dues of five dollars per member, attending meetings, and volunteering.
A history of the neighborhood
President — Kathleen Trainor
Vice President — Glenn Geiger
Treasurer — Christopher Palo
Secretary — Mike O’Malley
Neighborhood Advisory Representative — Cliff McCreedy
Civic Federation Alternate Delegates — Mike O’Malley