A Better Dawson Terrace Park

Published on April 21, 2018


  • County Board approves $1.5 million contract



  • Park's multi-use court and playground to be renovated



  • Other improvements include walkways, picnic areas, fencing


The Arlington County Board today approved a $1.5 million contract with the Bennett Group to renovate the heavily used Dawson Terrace Park.

"Arlington continues to upgrade and improve its parks, to make them both more accessible and more engaging," County Board Chair Katie Cristol said. "These renovations will help ensure that Dawson Terrace will be a great park for everyone to use, for years to come."

Multi-use court


[caption id="attachment_16055" align="alignright" width="300"]Playground rendering Upgrades planned for Dawson Terrace Park.[/caption]

Two existing courts that are smaller than current standards will be replaced with a single, lighted, multi-use court that meets existing standards. The new court will incorporate a high-school dimension-sized basketball court that will be suitable also for volleyball and a variety of other court games, such as hopscotch and four-square. The  existing playground will be renovated, picnic areas will be upgraded and trails will be better connected. The park will be made more accessible.

The 3.5-acre park is a popular spot for basketball and volleyball games, as well as youth sports practice, field sports, picnics and playground fun. The grass field is one of 68 fields in Arlington that are open to casual use when not scheduled for team practices.

The Board voted unanimously to approve the contract. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 32 on the agenda for the Saturday, April 19, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting.

Learn more about the Dawson Park renovations.

Grant to Pay for Seedlings in Bluemont and Benjamin Banneker Parks



  • County to host community planting events this fall



  • Part of effort to restore Four Mile Run riparian buffer zone


A federal grant will help pay for the purchase and planting of more than 1,000 seedlings along Four Mile Run stream in Bluemont and Benjamin Banneker parks.

The trees and shrubs will be planted in areas where invasive plants have been removed, to help restore Four Mile Run's riparian buffer zone. The County plans to host community planting events in fall 2018 to get the seedlings in the ground, and will install deer protection around the plants.

"This project is part of a much larger effort to restore Four Mile Run's water quality and preserve this natural resource treasure," Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said. "Stay tuned for opportunities to help us get these seedlings in the ground."

The County Board voted unanimously to accept the grant, awarded by the Virginia Department of Forestry.

[caption id="attachment_16057" align="alignright" width="300"]Bluemont Park Bluemont Park along Four Mile Run stream.[/caption]

County match required


The $9,657 grant required a one-to-one match from the County. The Department of Parks and Recreation will meet that within its existing budget, contributing $5,864 in local dollars along with a $7,512 in-kind match value for volunteer and staff hours and related supplies.

To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 36 on the agenda for the Saturday, April 19, 2018 Regular County Board Meeting.

Background


Arlington's Urban Forest Master Plan, adopted by the Board in 2004, recommended that the County manage and enhance areas adjacent to existing streams as riparian forest buffers wherever possible and appropriate. The buffers are permanent areas of trees, shrubs and other vegetation adjacent to streams or other bodies. Maintaining them reduces the impact of pollution and supplies food and habitat to fish and other wildlife.

Learn more about the Urban Forest Master Plan.

Learn more about efforts to restore Four Mile Run Stream.