- Playground renovation to include treehouse
- Ties in Four Mile Run elements
- Sustainable practices such as porous paving, native plantings
- Adding playground features for school-age children
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Board today approved a $485,000 contract to build a youth playground at Glencarlyn Park, one of the County's largest parks, and enhance the tot playground area.
“As one of the County's largest parks, Glencarlyn Park serves thousands of residents who come from across the County to enjoy its open space and amenities,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “The playground areas have long needed an upgrade, and the sustainable practices we are using here will ensure that generations of Arlingtonians will continue to enjoy this beautiful outdoor space.”
The Board voted unanimously to approve a $485,000 contract with Avon Corporation for playground equipment, site furnishings, and an accessible path to the playground from the Four Mile Run bike trail at Glencarlyn Park, 301 S. Harrison St. The park is adjacent to Long Branch Nature Center. The work will address an area of about .25 acres in the 95-acre park.
The project is funded with a 2010 Neighborhood Conservation bond, and is a Neighborhood Conservation Program project for the Arlington Forest neighborhood. Following a trend the County has seen with bids as the economy recovers, the project will cost about $94,000 more than projected.
The design emphasizes the natural environment around Four Mile Run, which runs through the park, hence the treehouse structure. Other fun features include swings, a teeter-totter, a cattail spinner (re-purposed from Mosaic Park) and a sand play area with lots of boulders. Amenities will include benches, picnic tables and bicycle racks. The project also includes site clearing, site drainage, safety surfacing, site furnishings, fencing, and enhanced plantings.
Porous paving will be used to reduce the impervious footprint of the park and there also will be a buffer comprised of native plants that can be found in the Four Mile Run Resource Protected Area. Signage will help explain the importance of native plants and how they were included in the design.
County residents, the Arlington Forest Citizens Association and staff from the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation all helped develop the design for the playground area's improvements. The Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee approved funding in the fall 2011 and the County Board approved moving forward in February 2012.
To read the staff reports on these items, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #19 to read the staff report.