It is looking like the “gateway” into Del Ray will be transformed into a splash park and memorial garden to honor the late Nancy Dunning!
The corner of Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues currently holds a park and the former Colasanto Pool, which has been closed since 2010. But the Del Ray Community Partnership is hoping to transform it into Gateway Park.
Nancy Dunning, a.k.a. the “The Queen of Del Ray,” was an Alexandria real estate agent who was credited with bringing new business to Mount Vernon Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood. Sadly, she was killed in 2003 inside her Del Ray home. It would be appropriate and fitting if the Nancy Dunning Garden becomes a beautiful entrance into Del Ray
According to the city plans, the spray park could be open by 2020. Before that time, it would be a green space available to everyone.