Department of Parks and Recreation

In Design

 

Chestnut Hills Park Pre-School (2-5) Playground Re-Design | Doctor's Run Trail Improvements | Donaldson Run Stream Restoration | Glencarlyn Park - Park Improvement Project | Long Bridge Park | Mosaic Park | Oakgrove Park Entrance Feature & ADA Accessibility Improvements | Rocky Run Phase 2 – Clarendon Courthouse Improvement Project | Tyrol Hills Park – Columbia Heights NC Park Improvement Project | Virginia Highlands Park - Replacement of the Athletic Courts and Site Improvements | Wakefield High School – Replacement of Synthetic Turf


Chestnut Hills Park Playground Existing Conditions

Chestnut Hills Playground Turtle

Chestnut Hills Park - Playground Equipment

Chestnut Hills Park - Playground Design View 01

Chestnut Hills Park - Playground Design View 02

Chestnut Hills Park - Playground Design View 03

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Project: Chestnut Hills Park Pre-School (2-5) Playground Re-Design

Location: North Harrison Street and 27th Street North, Arlington, VA 22207

Contacts: Joshua B. Serck, 703-228-7141

Funding: FY2012 PYGO, Parks Maintenance Capital

Status: In Design

Start Date: Fall 2012

End Date: Winter 2013

Description: PAY-Go funds were allocated to re-design the existing pre-school (2-5) playground at Chestnut Hills Park. Playground equipment, playground surfacing, pedestrian circulation (including ADA accessibility) and site furnishings are among the major project components and goals. Community residents will be invited to attend Public Design Meetings. On November 8, 2012, Joshua Serck, County Staff Landscape Architect, introduced to project at a general Yorktown Civic Association (see Meeting Minutes PDF). Design Meeting #1 was held on February 27, 2013 at Yorktown High School (see Presentation PDF and Meeting Minutes PDF). A concept (see Concept A PDF) was chosen for the playground at Design Meeting #2, which was held on April 10, 2013 at the Langston-Brown Community Center (see Meeting Minutes PDF). This concept will be presented to the Yorktown Civic Association for their support on April 24, 2013. This concept was presented to the Yorktown Civic Association on April 24, 2013 to gain their support for the concept. With feedback (see Meeting Minutes PDF) from this meeting, the project has now moved to the construction documents and permitting phase.

Here are the results of a short survey from the community regarding the thoughts on the project (survey taken January 2013).


Doctor's Run Trail Improvements
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Project: Doctor's Run Trail Improvements

Location: 1301 S. George Mason Drive

Contacts: Shannon Clark Early, 703-228-3586

Funding: Neighborhood Conservation Program

Status: In Design

Start Date: Spring 2013 (Design)

End Date: Fall 2014 (Estimate end of Construction)

Description: This project is designed with the ultimate goal of enhancing safety for elementary school students and their parents who use this trail to get back and forth from school. The project includes replacing and re-aligning the existing trail. Where possible the trail will be widened and its slopes shall be decreased. The existing asphalt drainage will be removed and replaced with a vegetated swale. This swale shall be crossed by a pedestrian bridge connecting the trail back to another existing trail. The trail shall be lighted with between 6-8 LED lights on a timer coordinated with Randolph Elementary School's extended day program to be shut off at 6PM. It is important to preserve the existing tree canopy of this site so trenching during construction shall be either minimized or fully excluded to the best of our abilities.


Donaldson Run Tributary B Stream Restoration image
Donaldson Run


Restoration Video

Project: Donaldson Run Tributary B Stream Restoration

Location: Zachary Taylor Park, 2900 Military Road

Contacts: Jason Papacosma, 703-228-3613

Funding: Storm Drainage Capital Improvement Program, Watershed Management Fund, Neighborhood Conservation Program

Status: 90% Design Completed

Description: Design and construction to create a dynamically-stable stream system that results in improved aquatic and terrestrial habitat, water quality, infrastructure protection, aesthetics, and public access and appreciation. For more information, please visit the Donaldson Run Tributary B Stream Restoration project website.


Glencarlyn Park Design Plan
Design Plan

Project: Glencarlyn Park - Park Improvement Project

Location: Columbia Pike and Four Mile Run

Contact: Shannon Clark Early, 703-228-3586

Funding: Neighborhood Conservation Program

Status: In Design

Start Date: Fall 2010 (Design)

End Date: Fall/Winter 2013 (Estimated end of Design)

Important Schedule Update: The Columbia Pike Streetscape project is providing critical starting points for the Glencarlyn Park project's construction. Due to a shift in the Streetscape project's schedule, construction for the park work is expected to begin in spring 2014.

Description: The improvements at Glencarlyn Park focus on the southern portion of the park that is bordered by Four Mile Run, the Washington & Old Dominion bicycle trail, and Columbia Pike.  This project will create environmentally friendly features including a rain garden with native plants and creative educational and playful elements to attract a range of park users while maintaining sightlines into the park for safety.  It will ultimately increase awareness of the park's proximity to Four Mile Run and highlight native plants.

Proposed park features include less structured design elements such as a sand area, concrete play tubes, stepping stones, and grassy mounds located within the plaza area.  This space will also accommodate a wayside for users of the W & OD Trail and park visitors.  Amenities will include benches, picnic tables, bicycle racks, and a water fountain.  Additionally, a paved loop path will provide a location for children to learn to ride or skate separated from the heavily-used W & OD Trail.  Native plants will be featured throughout the project, including native tree collections to replace those invasive trees removed during construction, and native shrubs, grasses, and groundcovers to vegetate the rain garden. 


North Tract Project image
View Plan

Project: Long Bridge Park

Location: North end of Crystal City between Old Jefferson Davis Highway and Roaches Run Water Fowl Sanctuary

Contact: Erik Beach, 703-228-3318

Status: Aquatics, Health & Fitness Facility and Site In Design

Start Date: February 2011

End Date: Fall 2013

Description: Long Bridge Park, formerly North Tract, was once a light industrial site and is now one of the few remaining large areas of open space in Arlington County, located at the north end of Crystal City between Old Jefferson Davis Highway and Roaches Run Water Fowl Sanctuary. The Long Bridge Park Master Plan provides a blueprint for development of this former industrial site into a 28-acre world-class park and recreational area. More Info

Operations Plan Update
Since the adoption of the Long Bridge Park Master Plan in March 2013, County staff has been updating the operating plan for the Aquatics, Health & Fitness facility and the surrounding park.  Please click on this link to a document that provides updated information on the changes in the operating forecast from the County’s 2012-2022 Capital Improvement Plan to a recent forecast published in the County’s November 2013 6-Year Revenue & Expense Forecast.


Mosaic Park

Project: Mosaic Park

Location: 544 N. Pollard Street

Contact: Scott McPartlin, 703-228-0929; Aaron Wohler, 703-228-7928.

Status: In Design

Description: Learn more about Mosaic Park


Oak Grove Entry Feature

Oakgrove Park Plan
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Project: Oakgrove Park Entrance Feature & ADA Accessibility Improvements

Location: 1606 North Quincy Street

Contact: Joshua B. Serck, 703-228-7141

Funding: FY 2012 Parks Maintenance Capital

Status: In Design

Start Date: Spring 2012 (Design)

End Date: Fall 2013/Winter 2014 (Estimated end of design/bid)

Description: The project provides ADA required accessibility improvements at Oakgrove Park. These improvements include the location of an accessible entrance on 17th Street North and accessible paths to the soccer field, playground, and gazebo. Additionally, an entrance feature will be located at the new 17th Street North entrance, which will incorporate a metal park sign/archway with masonry work similar to the stone walls found elsewhere in the park.


Approved Concept Plan
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Rocky Run - Labyrinth Design

Rocky Run - Existing Conditions

Rocky Run - Overall Concept

Rocky Run - Upper Park Design

Project: Rocky Run Phase 2 – Clarendon Courthouse Improvement Project

Location: N. Barton Street

Contact: Kathy von Bredow, 703-228-7598

Funding: Neighborhood Conservation Program

Status: In Design

Start Date: Spring 2012 (Scoping), Spring 2013 (Design)

End Date: Fall 2013/Winter 2014 (Estimated end of Design)

Description: The second phase of improvements at Rocky Run Park and Barton Park focus on the southern portion of the park that is bordered by Rocky Run Phase 1 (currently under construction), N. Barton St and the Barton Community Garden.  This project includes three phases. The first phase includes the demolition and construction of a new ADA accessible restroom facility located in the same location as the existing restroom.  The second phase is the upper park area of Rocky Run, bordered by the new park (Phase 1) and 11th St. North which will address connection between and through the park using of creative walkways, site furnishings and paving designed to attract a range of park users.  Native plants will be featured throughout the project, including native tree collections to replace those invasive trees removed during construction, and native shrubs, grasses, and groundcovers, while maintaining sightlines into the park for safety.  The third phase, located in Barton Park, includes the installation of a labyrinth, sculpture and site furnishings and the construction of an accessible walkway for access to the labyrinth.  This labyrinth was originally located at the Whitman Walker Clinic in their Healing Garden.  In 2009 the clinic was closed and the labyrinth and sculpture was donated to Arlington County and put in temporary storage at an Arlington County facility.  This phase will also feature informational signage telling the story of the labyrinth.  The creation of a surrounding garden offering the essence of the original Healing Garden.  An ad-hoc committee will be formed for the planting and upkeep of the garden.

The design concept, as seen in the PDFs to the left, was presented at the March 19, 2013 civic association meeting. Design groups were formed for both the upper park concept and the labyrinth committee. Meetings were held Tuesday, April 9, 2013 and on Tuesday, May 14. The installation of the labyrinth began in early October with the help of Arlington County staff and a team of volunteers. Construction is expected to be complete in mid-November. Architectural drawings for the restroom are currently being reviewed by staff.


Tyrol Hill Park Current Play Area

Tyrol Hill Park In Design Play Area
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Project: Tyrol Hills Park – Columbia Heights NC Park Improvement Project

Location: 7th Street South

Contacts: Kathy von Bredow, 703-228-7598

Funding: Neighborhood Conservation Program

Status: Design

Start Date: Funded March 2013, Winter 2014 (Design)

End Date: Summer 2014 (Estimated completion of design/bid)

Description: The improvements at Tyrol Hill Park focus on renovating the existing playground areas of the park fronting 7th Street South and will be limited to the existing play areas.  This project will create a new 2-5 and 5-12 playgrounds featuring a sand play area with boulders, a climbing structure, swings and includes environmentally friendly features including a native plant buffer and porous pavement.  Amenities will include benches, picnic tables, bicycle racks, and a new picnic shelter.

Charettes with school-age groups will commence in December, 2013 and the final design presented to the Civic Association will reflect the children's input from the design sessions.


Virginia Highlands Park Plan Option B
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Project: Virginia Highlands Park - Replacement of the Athletic Courts and Site Improvements

Location: 1600 South Hayes Street, Arlington, Virginia 22202

Contacts: Bernadette Grullón, 703-228-3335

Funding: FY2014 Park Bond

Status: Design

Start Date: Summer 2013

End Date: Spring 2014

Description: The courts, lighting and community field at Virginia Highlands Park have reached their lifespan and need to be replaced. With funding from the Capital Maintenance Program, the courts and field will be completely renovated. The improvements will bring these facilities into compliance with current Department of Parks and Recreation design standards, County and State stormwater regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All courts and fencing will be fully replaced. New lighting will comply with ‘Dark Sky' regulations and accessible paths will be provided to all the courts from the parking lot and St. Ives St. Additionally, site furnishings will be installed that support and enhance the use of the courts and landscaping will be provided.

Several community members expressed concerns about inappropriate language from basketball users, as well as a lack of a basketball area for youth to play. In response to these concerns, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will move the location of the basketball courts away from the children's play area. In addition, in August 2013, DPR also conducted a survey to gather feedback about the youth basketball area. View survey and results (PDF).

Based on the feedback received, DPR prepared two design options for the park to support a youth basketball area. On October 16, DPR presented the two design options at an open house. Throughout the evening, community members stopped by, reviewed the plans and talked to park staff. Staff conducted a second survey by posting the two designs online and asking the community to vote for their preferred option. The survey closed November 6, 2013. View the community comments and results (PDF). The majority of survey respondents selected Option B (PDF). DPR will move forward with this design and begin the development of construction documents which we anticipate will be completed early summer 2014.


Wakefield High School Field - Exhibit A
Exhibit A

Wakefield High School Field - Exhibit B
Exhibit B
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Project: Wakefield High School – Replacement of Synthetic Turf

Location: 4901 South Chesterfield Road, Arlington, VA 22206

Contacts: Joshua B Serck, 703-228-7141

Funding: FY2014 Pay-As-You-Go Parks Maintenance Capital

Status: Design

Start Date: Fall 2013

End Date: Spring 2014

Description: The synthetic turf field at Wakefield High School is a rectangular field used for football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and other sports (see Exhibit A).  The field has sustained nine and a half years of heavy service through a combination of scheduled use and drop-in play.  The turf is now worn beyond reasonable repair.  The improvements to the field will consist of replacement of the synthetic turf surfacing, replacement of the existing football goal posts (a football/soccer combination goal will be installed), replacement of corner flags, and school logo.  The field is being replaced through the FY2014 Parks Capital Maintenance Program.  A field plan (Exhibit B) is also attached. 

During the past eight years the field at Wakefield High School has seen heavy use from pickup games, scholastic events, and affiliated sports leagues.  The Wakefield High School field has reached its life expectancy while having provided thousands of hours of play annually during the past eight years.  The turf is worn beyond reasonable repair and in need of replacement.  The project was identified as a park maintenance capital project during the Parks Infrastructure Asset Management Study.

The improvements to the field are for replacement of the synthetic turf surfacing layer with new monofilament synthetic infill-type surfacing.  The existing aggregate layer and drainage system will be retained.  The existing surfacing and rubber in-fill will be recycled to the greatest extent possible.

Construction is anticipated to begin May of 2014 and be completed by the end of summer 2014. 


Last Modified: April 14, 2014
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