Community Center

The Community Center Needs Your Help

Since the COVID pandemic started, this newsletter has tried to provide a sense of normalcy. We’ve avoided using pandemic-related words or giving pandemic-related advice anywhere in the newsletter except the front page, instead focusing on the positive.

Many people and businesses have been adversely affected by the pandemic. Our community center is no exception. Fortunately, our community paid off the renovation loan aggressively and early. We entered the pandemic without a mortgage and with a cash cushion. However (and there’s always a however in this kind of article, isn’t there?), many people canceled their events at the community center or did not rent (which was responsible), the park itself has seen unprecedented wear and tear, and we had tree work that needed to be done. We also canceled almost all fundraisers.

Our cash balance is dangerously low. Can you, in this month that celebrates love, show a little love to the community center and make a donation? Any amount will help, and our target is $15,000 by March 31 (it costs about $5000 a month to simply keep the empty building and park running). Or, consider booking your next event at the Community Center. We’ve got plenty of openings right now. The Lyon Park Community Center is a 501(c)(3) organization under the U.S. Tax Code. Your donations are tax-deductible. Click on the link below and scroll to the very bottom of the page.

If you would like to donate securities, bequests, or retirement plan assets, please contact Bill Anhut at

Checks can be mailed to:
Lyon Park Community Center
PO Box 100191
Arlington VA 22201

As spring approaches, we hope we can restart some community events. Be ready to be asked to volunteer in next month’s newsletter.