The King’s Grant Community League is hosting its annual Independence Day parade and picnic on Wednesday, July 4th. Everyone is welcome to participate in whatever fashion they can – ride or walk. The highlight is the children’s bicycle decorating contest. More details on that are below. Following our 1 ¼ mile parade route around Lake Forest, we will gather at Witt Park to ceremoniously raise the American Flag, recognize the winners of our bicycle contest, have a few more children’s games, listen to some inspiring patriotic music, and enjoy some picnic food. Marco’s Pizza is donating some pizzas (they went fast last year with so many hungry kids), and the KGCL will be grilling hotdogs and serving watermelon.
Participants should gather in Blue Ridge Ct by 10:45am so we can step out at 11:00am. We’ll be led by the firetruck from Station 20 of the VB Fire Department. This year, we will judge the bicycles before the parade at a judging stand in Blue Ridge Ct. Be sure to stop by with your decorated bike before the parade and give us your name and age. We will have prizes in three categories: 7 years and under, 8-12 years, and 13 years and older. Winners will be announced at the park following the parade.
We welcome any means of transportation that can get around the parade route. In past years, we’ve had vintage cars and trucks, 4-wheel drive vehicles, golf carts, lawn tractors, farm tractors, motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, and wagons.
This is a great way to start your Independence Day celebration, so come join us. Our parade flyer is attached.
Groveland Park is the city playground park near the intersection of Kings Grant Rd and N. Lynnhaven Rd. It is the nearest children’s playground for many King’s Grant homes. The final plan for site refurbishment and new playground equipment is now available. The equipment has been ordered and construction will be scheduled after the 4th of July holiday. In addition to lots of cool play stuff for kids, there will be several new benches and some aesthetic improvements.
The carp delivery will be today, Thursday, June 14th. The delivery truck is expected to arrive about 2PM. We expect the process to begin on Edinburgh Drive where the road crosses the lake just east of Kings Grant Road. Once the work at Lake Forest is complete, the truck will head down to the Kingston area to handle those three lakes. We welcome anyone who wants to observe. Pictures will be taken and posted.
The project to reintroduce the state-approved species of grass carp into King’s Grant lakes is ready for the next big step. The delivery of the sterile, grass munching carp is expected on Thursday, June 12th! The fish are being transported a considerable distance by truck to our neighborhood, so the day could potentially change. Updates will be provided on this site as the day and times are confirmed. The neighborhood organizers of this project have a permit from the Virginia Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) to place carp in four of the five KG lakes. These are Lake Forest (the large lake roughly bounded by Watergate Ln and Edinburgh Dr), Kings Lake, Queens Lake, and the unnamed pond between Queen Elizabeth Dr and Prince Charles Dr. The group is still working with the state on the permitting process for Timber Lake, the other large lake that is roughly bounded by Quimby Rd, Winchester Ln, Kensington St, and the Lynnhaven baseball fields, so this lake will not be part of this delivery. The project organizers understand that many donors to this project want to see the delivery, so stay tuned. The fish can be delivered directly from the truck into some lakes, but others will be stocked by carrying the fish to the water. More details will be provided as soon as we get them.