- “Education theme” for tot playground
- Native plantings
- Sand play area with water feature
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Board today approved a $489,682 contract to replace the tot playground at Chestnut Hills Park, on N. Harrison Street in the Yorktown neighborhood. The renovation includes clearing and restoring the site, adding new play equipment and furnishings, building a new sand play area, with a water feature, increasing accessibility and other improvements.
“The new design is very creative and will be a great place for very young kids, ages two to five, to expand their imagination,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “The County is systematically updating our parks and playgrounds to make them not only great fun, but safer and more sustainable.”
The Board voted unanimously to approve a $489,682 contract with Triple J Construction. The overall project budget of $590,000 includes design, soft costs and construction. Total project costs were within the total project budget.
Chestnut Hills Park, a 4.2-acre, tree-shaded park at the corner of N. Harrison St. & 27th St. N, features one of the County’s most popular playgrounds.
The tot playground will have paths for children to follow from play feature to play feature through a series of intertwined arches that are different sizes and placed at various angles. Using “education” as the theme, kids and adults will enjoy games such as find the letters, numbers, colors or shapes.
The play features are a combination of houses, vehicles and panels that include images of music, car racing and animals. The visual pathway with dashed lines and other visual cues will lead you through the play features. An accessible natural play area will feature sand, a water pump, water gates, a trough for water, small boulders, a fossil/animal dig area and sand table. The two existing concrete turtles will be re-used at the site and there will be four tot swings.
This Parks Maintenance Capital project is funded with FY 2013 Park Bonds. Six Parks Maintenance Capital projects were completed in 2013. The County has funded six to eight projects a year recently. In FY 2013, a half-cent real estate tax increase was dedicated to baseline maintenance capital funding for the County. This funding, when combined with General Capital Projects Fund, or Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) and local bonds, provides the funding for the County’s program.
The plantings around the new playground will feature native species. Choosing native plants allows developed landscapes to coexist with nature, rather than compete with it. Native plantings also save water, are low maintenance, reduce the need for pesticides, attract wildlife and support local ecology.
The community process began with an online survey that was sent to members of the surrounding civic associations. The survey information provided great feedback on community preferences. The community was also engaged with the design during three community workshops.