UPDATE: As envisioned during the design phase, having movable table and chairs is one of the goals of the Clarendon Metro Plaza. Other public space locations in the County have loose tables and chairs and it was the hope of both staff and residents that this location could also accommodate this popular seating arrangement. Unfortunately, within the first two weeks of being placed on site, thefts occurred. The tables and chairs have been removed until a more secure solution can be implemented. County staff, in coordination with the Clarendon Alliance, are retrofitting the tables and chairs with a series of small chains and locks to prevent them from moving. They will be placed back on site in the coming weeks with the hope that this solution prevents any future theft of public property.
Arlington County, along with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), has completed the project to improve the Clarendon Metro Plaza between Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards, and from N. Highland Street to the Metrorail elevator. Goals of the proejct were to create an active, multi-use plaza to accommodate the farmers’ markets, music events, vendors, and other community activities, while enhancing pedestrian access to Metrorail and transit. Improvements will include:
- New pedestrian paving
- New curb extension on Clarendon Boulevard
- New seating walls and movable tables and chairs
- New street and plaza lighting
- New landscaping and irrigation
- Covered bike parking
- Modular newspaper racks
West End Paver Replacement and Related Work
In December of 2012 the project scope was expanded to continue the hard-surface improvements west of the WMATA elevators through the remainder of Clarendon Central Park. These improvements are being completed as a part of the County’s Parks Maintenance Capital program in order to upgrade aging park infrastructure, to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to visually unify the western end of the park with the recently completed improvements near the WMATA facilities. Improvements will include:
- Replacing the existing pavers
- Upgrading the remaining pedestrian crossing ramps
- Replacing the site furnishings that are beyond their useful life
Please visit the Department of Parks and Recreation website for more information about these maintenance improvements at the west end of Clarendon Central Park.
The project on the east end of the plaza is complete.
West end paver replacements and improvements to Clarendon Central Park are projected to be completed in the fall of 2013.
|The plaza is under construction and the east end will be completed spring 2013.|| New newspaper boxes installed.|
Conceptual Views of Proposed Design
The project team included citizens, businesses owners, the Clarendon Alliance, Kimley Horn, and County staff from multiple departments and disciplines. Outreach included ongoing updates with the surrounding civic associations, public design meetings at the Clarendon Alliance, and County Manager and County Board Member briefings.
- 1996 Initial Transportation Enhancement Grant approved for the canopy design
- 1997 Federal funding earmarked for the canopy
- 1999 Clarendon Alliance Urban Design Committee begins community outreach
- 2001 WMATA develops request for proposal to design Clarendon Canopy and Metro Park
- 2003 Project expanded to include Metro Park, 13th Street Park and Community Canine area
- 2003 HOK selected to design canopy and park
- 2004 HOK begins design work
- 2005 No community consensus on designs from Community Parks and Canopy Workshops
- 2005 WMATA offers to include Clarendon in Phase II canopy installations
- 2006 WMATA installs canopy
- 2008 Arlington requests to locally administer project to use remaining funds
- 2008 Original project scope reduced to Metro Plaza areas only to match remaining budget
- 2008 Kimley Horn prepares plaza design with Clarendon Alliance and community support
- 2009 New streetlights installed as an early first phase of construction
- 2009 Easement and engineering design plans submitted to and approved by WMATA
- 2010 Construction drawings prepared
- 2011 Paver exhibit panel installed for design review and public comment
- 2011 Paver exhibit panel installed July for design review and public comment
- 2012 Construction started Summer 2012
- 2012 West end paver replacement funding secured and project work expanded
- 2013 East end construction completed
Funding for the Clarendon Metro Improvements Projects is provided by several sources:
- WMATA Grant - $222,213
- Local Grant Match (held by WMATA) - $55,554
- Arlington County Business Improvement Bonds (Held by WMATA) - $23,704
- Total WMATA Related Funding - $301,471
- Arlington Metro Station Bicycle Parking Transportation Enhancement Grant - $100,000
- Transportation Improvement Funds (TIF) - $350,000
Funding for the westward extension of pavement improvements through Clarendon Central Park is provided by Parks Maintenance Capital.
For more information on the east end construction, please contact Tom Hutchings (DES) at (703) 228-3809.
For more information on the west end construction, please contact Valerie Mosley (DPR) at (703) 228-3328.