Rippon Landing Master Association was named Community Association of the Year in the Large Category. They are managed by Cardinal Management Group, Inc., AAMC. This is the essay submitted with the community’s application.
Rippon Landing is located in Woodbridge near the VRE, Route 1, 1-95, Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center and is close to the Potomac River and Leesylvania State Park. You can walk to the Rippon Lodge historic site, one of the oldest homes in Prince William County. A few years ago, Rippon Landing donated park land to the Prince William County Park Authority which is a natural park with hiking trails, picnic pavilion, tot- lot, sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pits. A walkway will connect Rippon Landing Park and Julie Metz Wetlands and is anticipated to open in 2019.
Rippon Landing sponsors two yearly community clean-ups. The Boy Scouts volunteer with residents to clean-up the community and the association donates the roll-off dumpsters placed throughout the community. This is in collaboration with “Keep Prince William Beautiful” and Prince William County Neighborhood Services. We find it beneficial to partner with services offered through the County; for example – recently someone had dumped over 16 tires on the association property, and the county had them removed within less than 24 hours after we asked for advice on what would be the best way for removal. We take every possible step to maintain a clean community.
The association has many activities for children and adults. There are exercise stations along the community trails, and the children can go to various parks/tot-lots within the association. We also have tennis/basketball courts. The association hosts a summer pool party, bi-annual community yard sales and a holiday parade with the OWL Volunteer Fire Department. Many residents look forward to these events as it allows them to meet new neighbors and socialize with the board and management.
The association frequently has county officials attend the annual meetings to address topics surrounding the Rippon Landing Community. One such Town Hall Meeting meeting included working with a neighboring community on the Route lWidening Project. In attendance was our district supervisor; Frank Principi and his assistant.
We keep the community informed of such events via the newsletter, website, street representatives and informational signs. We encourage residents to participate in community events and encourage committees’ participation. Community volunteers are recognized at the annual meeting and social events. The board and management also personally acknowledge volunteers.
Each month, included in the board packages are CAI “Best Practices” and informational training topics. The CAI materials help the board become great leaders and keep them informed of their roles and responsibilities to management and the residents. The committees are also encouraged to use CAI “Best Practices” when working with the board and management.
Rippon Landing encourages owners and residents to continue to work with the board, committees, and management to keep our community a great place to live.