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Arlington officials say nature-center upgrades not forgotten

It’s not going to happen any time soon, but Arlington government officials say they haven’t forgotten about past promises to improve their two nature centers. “It hasn’t totally dropped off our radar scope,” said County Board member Libby Garvey, who...

Advocate for nature centers isn’t giving up

Look up “indefatigable” in an online dictionary, and a photo of Duke Banks might pop up. Recently given the brushoff – politely but for the second time – by the County Board, Banks is not stopping in his efforts to...

County to nature-center fans: No expanded hours on horizon

For just a few extra bucks in a county budget topping $1.4 billion, Arlington’s two government-run nature centers could be returned to their pre-COVID service levels, one advocate reminded elected officials at the May 14 County Board meeting. But it...

Editor’s Notebook: The ol’ budget two-step (nature-center edition)

This week brought Arlington's traditional budget two-step: Hearings on the budget itself and then on tax rates. As with so many things in local government, it is conducted with a lot less panache than it used to be. (Ah, the...

County nature centers may see more staffing, community outreach

Don’t expect hours of operation at Arlington’s two county-government natures centers to return to pre-pandemic levels in the coming year, or maybe ever, but local leaders say that doesn’t mean nature programs won’t have priority in coming years. “We need...

Fans of nature centers press for capital funding

An advocacy group is pressing Arlington County Board members to include support for the county’s public nature centers in its upcoming capital-improvement program. Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center is asking for $1.5 million to address needs at the two...
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