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Thread: Does the new W&OD bridge over Rte 29 have a name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arlingtonrider View Post
    As far as I'm concerned, it already is and always will be the Pete Beers Memorial Bridge.
    Also known as the Hello Kitty Bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accordioneur View Post
    Not to burst any bubbles, but anyone who states that there is only one possible choice for the name of this bridge
    This is what I stated: on reflecting, it seemed like the only possible name.

    I would hope the difference between what I stated, and what anyone might have stated is, in literal meaning, and emotional content, clear.

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    Did Pete live in Arlington, and if not would that be an issue for the Arlington Board? After all, Bikenetic is in Falls Church city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    Did Pete live in Arlington, and if not would that be an issue for the Arlington Board? After all, Bikenetic is in Falls Church city.
    Pete was Bike ambassador for Bike Arlington, so he gets at least honorary resident status.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    Did Pete live in Arlington, and if not would that be an issue for the Arlington Board? After all, Bikenetic is in Falls Church city.
    Arlington keeps trying to name things including schools and roads after the Lovings, who were not Arlington residents and whose family wants no part of it besides - so Arlington residency is apparently not a requirement. Recent naming trends in the county have highlighted civil rights and abolitionist trailblazers.
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    There is already an informally named *Cathedral of Saint Pete Beers*, on Loudon County gravel, of course. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cathe...6008924687746/

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    I am simply going to call it the *Pete Beers Memorial Bridge*, and let our common usage influence the powers that be. (Surreptitious application of weatherproof Hello Kitty stickers? The Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    Lemme check on that--brb.
    Laura says that she supports the naming of it, but as a fairly private person, doesn't want to be involved in the process. We have the go ahead to move forward.

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    Folks:

    Sorry for the delayed response. Have had many emails and a couple of phone calls about this issue. Here's what I learned:

    The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority has straight forward process for Memorial Benches along the W&OD. For $2,200, they'll install a bench and plaque, and would work with us to find a suitable location.

    Naming the bridge for Pete (or anyone) would be much more difficult process and is not as straight forward.

    NVRPA Executive Director Paul Gilbert said in an email to me, "the Rt. 29 Bridge is on NOVA Parks land but is a VDOT Bridge. So who can name the bridge would need to be researched. We had another group of people that wanted to name the bridge for a deceased NOVA Parks employee* who did a lot to create the W&OD Trail. But since the bridge belongs to VDOT that did not move forward.

    "Our policy for naming things is that the person must have made substantial contributions to the regional park system. The former NOVA Parks staff that helped create the W&OD would have fit that category. Pete would not qualify under this measure. I think naming this bridge for Pete is extremely unlikely to happen."

    (* The Nova Parks employee was David Hobson. Peter Harnik told me he had been advocating for this but was shut down early for the reasons Paul Gilbert stated, and is no longer pushing the effort.)

    So "unlikely" does not mean "never". Assuming it's a VDOT facility, you can see Heidi Mitter's comments earlier in the thread about the process. Mary Hynes is an Arlington rep on the CTB and basically confirmed they would need Arlington County Board support before acting.

    I spoke with Arlington County Board member Takis Karantonis. For them to act, he says they would like require a public process of some kind (he's not sure what exactly) but he would be willing to meet to discuss how to get that process started if a group wanted to go this route. I think a similar resolution from the City of Falls Church could really strengthen the case. I don't live there and don' know any of the elected officials, so it would help to have a Falls Church resident lead this effort on a parallel track.

    Regarding the money bridge signage, no one has told me what amount would be required.

    I see three options:

    1) Do nothing and we all remember Pete in our own private ways.
    2) Work with NVRPA on a memorial bench along the W&OD.
    3) Begin the longer and uncertain process of trying to get the bridge named for Pete.

    The third option could face opposition on several fronts: From NVRPA (on principal), from the Staff group wanting to name it for David Hobson, or from unknown source who thinks there is a more suitable honoree we don't know yet.

    If there is a core group of people who would like to pursue options 2 or 3, I will set up a virtual meeting for us to get organized on how to proceed.

    Please respond to this thread if you are interested in helping with this effort.

    Henry

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    Oy vey. Somehow Citizens bridge got it's name. Long ago and grandfathered in?

    Thanks for researching.

    Should we perhaps contact our local jurisdictions' reps on the NVRPA board?

    Of course I still like the bench idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    Oy vey. Somehow Citizens bridge got it's name. Long ago and grandfathered in?
    It is named in honor of the local citizens whose grassroots efforts resulted in the building of the bridge, which seems to meet the current requirement of "substantial contributions to the regional park system." Also, as you point out, the rules might have been different 30 years ago.

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