- Tennis courts, basketball court to be replaced at Towers
- Playground equipment replaced at Fort Barnard
- Projects funded by voter-approved bonds, PAY-GO
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Board today approved contracts worth nearly $2 million to replace courts and lights at Towers Park and replace playground equipment at Fort Barnard Park.
“Parks are vital to the health and well-being of our children and our community,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “A key part of our effort to work through the County's backlog of capital maintenance projects is the repair, rejuvenation and upgrading of parks across Arlington. These renovations make our parks more accessible, safer and encourage our children to stay active.”
The Board voted unanimously to approve a $1.353 million contract with Finley Asphalt and Sealing, Inc., to replace four tennis courts, two tennis practice courts and the basketball court at the 3.74-acre Towers Park, 801 S. Scott Street.
The project is funded by Pay-As-You-Go Maintenance Capital Funds and FY 2013 Pay-As-You-Go funding. PAYGO provides funding for capital improvements using current year tax revenue, fund balance, state and federal grants, developer fees and inter-jurisdictional revenue. This project also will include:
- Replacing the tennis and basketball courts' lighting systems with state-of-the-art “dark sky” technology
- Bio-retention area to manage site stormwater
- New accessible paths
- Site furnishings
- Picnic shelter
- Striping accessible parking spaces
Funding and public process
The County funded the project's design in Fiscal Year 2012. Staff shared the conceptual design with the Penrose Civic Association, Arlington Tennis Association and other stakeholders in April 2012. In response to feedback from residents, staff developed a second concept and used the Open Arlington forum to allow the community to weigh in on a preferred concept. Ultimately, the community selected an option that kept the practice courts in their current location and preserved park trees. The results were shared with the community and posted on the County's website.
Construction is anticipated to start in September and last about seven months.
Towers Park also includes a combination school-age and pre-school playground, sand volleyball court, Community Garden, lighted Community Canine Area, water fountains, picnic tables and charcoal grills.
Fort Barnard Park playground
The County Board voted unanimously to approve a contract for $583,862 to Triple J Construction to replace the playground equipment at the 3.5-acre Fort Barnard Park, 2101 South Pollard Street. Funding also will cover other improvements, including an accessible entrance and paths, picnic shelter, site furnishings, improved drainage and landscaping. Funding for this project is provided by Park Bond funds for FY 2013. Park Bond funds are approved by the County's voters.
The County initiated a community process in January 2012 to develop concepts for the park. Staff worked with park neighbors as well as the Nauck Civic Association. In March 2012, the Nauck Civic Association approved the final concept. Construction is anticipated to begin in September and last about six months.
To read the staff reports on these items, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #23 to read the staff report on the planned improvements for Fort Barnard Park and Item #24 to read the staff report on Towers Park.