Art Attack Invites Arlingtonians to Leave Their Mark on Lubber Run

Published on July 06, 2018



  • Community invited to leave their mark on Arlington's first community center

  • Arts-focused activities plus a DJ and food trucks

  • Construction begins on new center by year's end


Arlingtonians are invited to get "artrageous" at Art Attack on Thu., July 12, 5-9 p.m. at the Lubber Run Community Center (300 N Park Dr.). With typical Arlington pizzazz, the event has been developed as a way for the community to say goodbye to the 1950s facility before it is demolished, and to say hello to the new 21st century community center that will replace it. Art Attack will include paint bombs, life-size silhouette painting, a group mural, cardboard construction activities and postcard-writing. A live DJ will entertain the crowd and food trucks will be set up in the parking lot. Learn more.

Lubber Run's Long History


Lubber Run Community Center was completed in the early 1950s and was the first Arlington community center that was actually designed to be a community center. It originally served as the Department of Parks and Recreation's headquarters and offered multigenerational recreation services by serving as a hub for preschoolers, youth, campers, teens and senior adults. The center was recently home to Arlington's Creative Preschoolers program, the Office of Senior Adult Programs and the Kids in Action and Teen After-School Programs. Staff and programs have been relocated. The center closes to the public beginning Fri., July 6.

What's Next for Lubber Run


Following two years of community engagement that began in 2015, a plan was developed to replace the current center with an updated version that will continue to provide programs for youth, adults, seniors and preschoolers, and multi-purpose rooms for recreation programming and community use. The new center will add a senior center, gymnasium, fitness center and small track. It also will house about 70 Department of Parks and Recreation employees and provide one level of structured parking. The building design optimizes the site's green space and preserves as many existing trees as possible.

The building will include sustainable materials and systems. The project's architect, VMDO, Inc., recently designed Arlington Public School's Discovery Elementary School and will use their experience with sustainability design features in the Lubber Run project. The Arlington County Board directed staff to find a path forward for net zero energy consumption for the center.

Funding for the Lubber Run Community Center replacement is available from bond funding approved by Arlington County voters in the November 2016 referenda.

For additional information about the project approval, view the September 2017 press release or go to the project page.