Arlington to Buy Parkland in Aurora Highlands Neighborhood

Published on December 19, 2017

The County Board today approved the $1.235 million purchase of a vacant lot and adjacent parcel, with a small house, to create a new park on 20th Street South. The land will add much-needed park space in the Pentagon City area.

The 11,500 square feet of land -- about one-quarter acre -- lies on the north side of 20th Street South and the west side of South Ives Street.

The Board voted 4 to 1 to approve the land purchase.

Community involvement

Members of the Aurora Highlands Civic Association brought the opportunity to acquire this property to the County's attention. The neighborhood has been asking for a park that is open and available for a range of casual uses such as picnicking, throwing a Frisbee or laying out on a blanket. The 2017 assessed value of the property is $1.068 million.

Funding for the acquisition will come from the Park Bond Fund.

To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 40 on the agenda for the Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 Recessed County Board Meeting.