OVERVIEW & CURRENT NEWS
James Hunter Park is an urban park located at the interface of the Clarendon-Courthouse and the Lyon Village neighborhoods. It is home to the Clarendon Community Canine Area (CCA). The approved Park Master Plan brings Arlington one step closer to providing this vibrant area with a safe, inclusive public space that folds responsibly into the County’s urban ecology and innovatively serves both Arlington’s canine population and the larger community while respecting the neighborhood fabric in which it is situated.
The Master Plan shows the general location and approximate size of various park elements, including the Community Canine Area and other recreational amenities or uses.
- Final Site Plan
View the final site plan. Click the image below to enlarge. (3.96 MB PDF)
- Park Naming
On May 14th the County Board approved the naming of the park informally known as "Herndon & 13th Park" as "James Hunter Park". James Hunter was an Arlington County Board member from 1990-1997. He was a human rights activist and advocated for providing government service to those with limited access. Shortly after retiring from the County Board, Mr. Hunter passed away. The Arlington County Human Rights Commission established the Human Rights Award program in honor of Mr. Hunter for his human rights devotion and leadership for the Arlington community. Mr. Hunter lived a short distance from the park that is now named in his honor.
- Park Design/Construction
The construction drawings are near completion and will be going out to bid soon. The design includes the innovative storm water and sustainable energy elements proposed at the public meetings last year. As a result, the lawn area has been extended to span across the upper east to west frontage and some additional seating has been added along the southern path as well as in the lawn area. We anticipate construction to begin in spring 2012 with completion by late fall 2012. Funding for the project comes from the 2010 Local Parks & Recreation Bond, Pay-As-You-Go funds, and a Park Enhancement Grant.
- CCA Resources
During construction, PRCR will install signs at the park asking dog owners to use one of the County's other Community Canine Areas.
- In December 2009, we refined the Herndon & 13th Park Master Plan in response to the County Board's guidance during plan adoption. The County presented two options to the project's primary stakeholder groups' representatives and consensus was reached on a single plan in February 2010.
- Since that time, we have been developing the construction drawings in preparation for taking the project out to bid. As part of that work, we have included the innovative storm water and sustainable energy elements proposed at our meetings. As a result, the lawn area has been extended to span across the upper east to west frontage and some additional seating has been added along the southern path as well as in the lawn area.
- On May 14, the County Board approved the naming of the park informally known as "Herndon & 13th Park" as "James Hunter Park." A survey for the park name was held, and the preferred name was presented to the Park and Recreation Commission, Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee and Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board for review. In turn, a recommendation was presented to the County Board for adoption.
- This illustration displays the extended lawn area and additional seating resulting from the accommodation of innovative storm water and sustainable energy elements. (click to enlarge - 3MB PDF)
- The Herndon & 13th Master Plan has been refined in response to the County Board’s guidance at their December 2007 meeting and presented two options to the Project’s primary stakeholder groups' representatives in December 2009 and January 2010. View Presentation (4MB)