Arlington County Board Approves $475,000 to Rebuild Ft. Myer Heights Park Playground

  • “Natural Look” playground minimizes playground's visual impact on community
  • Permeable surfacing and paving used for better water runoff
  • Community, staff together developed design

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved a $475,000 contract to reconstruct Fort Myer Heights Park playground at 1400 Fort Myer Drive, improve park access for persons with disabilities, and add other minor site improvements.

“This is a much-needed makeover for a much-used park,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “Working together, the neighborhood and County staff came up with a design plan that will provide a unique play experience for Arlington kids, while minimizing the visual impact on the neighborhood and preserving as much open space as possible.”

The Board voted 5-0 to approve the award of the contract to Avon Corporation, Inc.

A natural look for the playground

The playground's unique design arose from meetings between County Parks and Recreation staff, park neighbors and leaders of the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights Civic Association, which began in July 2011. A conceptual plan was approved by the civic association in September 2011.

At the community's request, the playground will have a natural look – with the reinforced concrete play equipment designed to look like trees and wood. The project includes:

  • New playground equipment
  • Permeable playground safety surfacing
  • Permeable and accessible paving
  • Concrete retaining wall
  • Fencing and enhanced plantings

Planting will be enhanced throughout the park, but the existing half-court basketball court, volleyball court and picnic area will remain unchanged.

Construction slated for early 2013

Construction will begin early 2013 and should last about five months. The park will remain open during construction but the playground will be closed. The contract was awarded to Avon Corporation Inc.

To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #10 on the Agenda for the December 2012 Regular County Board Meeting.


Ft Myer Heights Park, offers a half-acre of tree-shaded green space and recreational facilities to the Radnor/For Myer Heights and greater Arlington community.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.