Arlington County Board Approves Woodstock Park Improvements

  • Sustainable design
  • Increased play area space
  • ADA compliant

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Board today approved a $644,127 contract to reposition and reconstruct the tot and youth playgrounds, and to rebuild the basketball court at Woodstock Park. This three-quarter acre park stretches from N. Woodstock to N. Vermont Streets in Arlington.

“These improvements are great for kids and great for the environment,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette “We're adding trees, shrubs and groundcover throughout as well as permeable pavings and a bio retention area to better manage storm water.”

The Board voted 5-0 to approve the contract with Fort Myer Construction Corporation for playground equipment, a new basketball court, safety surfacing; site furnishings; fencing; above-and- below-grade site improvements; site drainage; accessible paving, and enhanced plantings.

The project is funded with a FY 2012 and FY2013 Parks Maintenance Capital funding.

Sustainable practices

The park's useable play area will be increased by repositioning the existing play areas and adding an open play area for Frisbee or catch. Seating will be added between the tot and youth play areas for better supervision. Porous paving will be used, to reduce the impervious footprint of the park, and allow stormwater to percolate and infiltrate surface areas. Bio retention areas will further reduce storm water runoff. An accessible path will be added to the playground from North Woodstock Street

Community process

In July of 2012, staff met with members of the Waverly Hills Civic Association to re-vision the park. Community members and staff met several times to discuss the playground design, address community concerns and develop a project timeline.

The new design encourages interaction by creating a circuit that allows children to start at one end of the playground and play continuously without having to get off of a structure. A bicycle or Big Wheel loop also helps tie together the play area.

Bids first received in December 2013

Initial bids on the project, received in December 2013, exceeded the project budget. To ensure a second bid would fall within the budget, County staff coordinated with the civic association to alter the design. The second bid was within budget.

To read the staff reports on these items, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #17 to read the staff report.

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.