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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Lake Cook

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By Craig Swain, January 28, 2010
1. Lake Cook Marker
Inscription. Lake Cook is named for Dayton L. Cook, P.E., the City of Alexandria's Director of Transportation and Environmental Services, who was instrumental in the purchase, design, and construction of the Eisenhower Valley public improvements. Mr. Cook helped implement major flood control projects in Cameron Valley and in Four Mile Run, the latter being a project that eliminated the recurring floods that had plagued the surrounding area for many years. He also acquired much parkland in the City including Cameron Run Park in which Lake Cook is located. As the City's chief negotiator he has been involved in many complex projects over three decades, often finding a creative solution when none appeared possible.

Several major public works projects were completed under Mr. Cook, who began work with the City of Alexandria in 1963. The replacement of the City's incinerator with a privately operated waste-to-energy plant was an undertaking of national significance. The reconstruction of a major portion of Alexandria's traffic signal system to a computer controlled system and the coordination of the Alexandria portion of the Washington area's METRO system were done under his careful review. Many street widenings, extensions and reconstructions also took place under his guidance. He has also been responsible for approval of all private development
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By Craig Swain, January 28, 2010
2. Lake Cook Marker
plans city-wide. His broad outlook and "can do" attitude achieved results far beyond the norm in quantity, quality and value.
Erected 1985.
Location. 38° 48.258′ N, 77° 5.841′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on Eisenhower Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the east end of Cameron Run Regional Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22304, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Williams (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Worth (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bush Hill (approx. 1.2 miles away); Birthplace of Fitzhugh Lee (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fort Lyon (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fort Ellsworth (approx. 1˝ miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone SW 3 (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Cameron Valley (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Categories. Charity & Public Work
Lake Cook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 28, 2010
3. Lake Cook
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,636 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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