Arlington County Board Approves $3.1 Million Rocky Run Park Renovation

  • Major Parks Maintenance Capital renovation
  • Park to be reorganized to better meet community needs
  • Lighted synthetic turf field to be installed

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved a $2.6 million contract to renovate and reorganize Rocky Run Park, located at 1109 N. Barton Street. The Board's action culminated a public process to redesign and upgrade the park to better serve the neighborhood.

“As Arlington grows, and becomes more densely populated, our parks become even more vital for the health and well-being of our community,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “By working together with the neighborhood, the County has come up with a beautiful, accessible design for Rocky Run Park that will provide opportunities for kids and adults of all ages and abilities to play, exercise and socialize for generations to come.”

The Board voted 5-0 to approve the contract.

Keeping the trees, reorganizing, upgrading amenities

The project is a Park Maintenance Capital effort to replace the major park amenities that are beyond their useful life, and improve access throughout the park. While the park's mature trees will be preserved, its major facilities will be given a better layout and made more accessible.

Tot and youth playgrounds, a picnic shelter and restrooms will be upgraded and moved to the upper end of the park, near North Barton Street. Two lighted, hard-surface courts, lawn areas and the synthetic turf field will be in the park's middle and lower portions.

The park's stone dust field will be replaced with a lighted synthetic-turf field, designed for drop-in play. The new field will not be striped, to allow for a range of uses and games. Priority has been placed on preserving and protecting the mature trees that currently grace the park.

Other planned amenities include:

  • Benches, permeable walkways and extensive landscaping
  • Accessible features
  • Two full-sized courts (one striped for basketball and volleyball; one striped for futbol sala and basketball)
  • “Green Generation” court and field lighting, dark sky compliant to create minimal light spillage beyond the amenities. The lights will be user-activated and available until 10 p.m.

Community process

Staff from the County's Department of Parks and Recreation began working with the Clarendon Courthouse Civic Association on the redesign for Rocky Run Park in December 2009. A working group was formed, numerous meetings were held and a plan developed.

Funding was consolidated through the Parks Maintenance Capital program and the Neighborhood Conservation program so that the design process could occur simultaneously, a cost effective and efficient solution. The civic association endorsed the design in April 2011 and the Park and Recreation Commission endorsed it in May 2012.

In August 2012, residents of the nearby Williamsburg Condominium Association notified the County that they were unaware of the project. Staff and two County Board members attended a meeting with residents to share information, hear concerns and answer questions. As a result of this meeting and in response to some of the residents' concerns, adjustments were made to the park design.

Neighborhood Conservation and park bonds to fund makeover

2010 Park Bond funds, voted on by County residents, were allocated for the reconstruction of the playground and field, the provision of accessible walkways, as well as associated grading and drainage improvements and landscaping. In addition, Neighborhood Conservation Program funding was approved. Construction will begin before the end of 2012, and the park should reopen the end of 2013. The contract was awarded to Meridian Construction Co. Inc.

To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #18 on the Agenda for the November 2012 Regular County Board Meeting.

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