The Latest Dirt on 5 Park Projects

Published on May 15, 2019

Warm weather is here and summer is almost upon us—it's time to get outside and have some fun. Lucky for you, several long-awaited park renovations have opened to the community, and one more has reached a key milestone. 

Fairlington Park Playground



The new Fairlington playground is already attracting lots of attention from Arlington families. The renovation project, which was completed this spring, includes renovated play areas for different age groups and new exercise equipment for fitness enthusiasts of all ages. There's also a circuit trail, picnic area and updated landscaping to enjoy.

Glencarlyn Picnic Shelter



If you're planning an outdoor event or just want to enjoy a meal outside, the second picnic shelter at Glencarlyn Park is waiting! The new structure was designed to mimic the branching trees of the surrounding forest and the adjacent stone wall. The shelter now includes accessible picnic tables and power outlets with USB ports. Renovations were also made to the overall site and parking lot, which brought the site up to ADA and stormwater management standards.

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McCoy Park



While Arlington officials haven't formally cut the ribbon on this project, you can already make full use of the updated McCoy ParkCompleted enhancements to the park include a re-aligned sidewalk, a seating deck withtables and chairs, a shade canopy, new landscaping, a new park entry sign and a bike rack.

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Dawson Terrace Park



The realization of a better Dawson Terrace Park is almost here, as the County finalizes the renovated playground. The two previous small courts will be replaced with a single, lighted, multi-use court, which can be used for basketball, volleyball and a variety of other court games, such as hopscotch and four-square. There also will be separate playground areas for kids of all ages, upgraded picnic areas and better trail connections. Look for an official opening later this spring.

Oakland Park



Finally, Oakland Park might not have anything new on the ground yet, but the project recently hit a major milestone when the Arlington County Board awarded the contract to McDonnell Landscape, Inc. This project focuses on integrating a public art piece into new walkways and deck, as well as non-structured casual use space. The public art piece is by artist Foon Sham and is being funded separately through the Neighborhood Conservation program and from private development funds for public art from Dittmar.

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