Tucked away in Arlington’s Cherrydale neighborhood, among a cluster of oak trees, sits the aptly named Oak Grove Park. For years, it included simple children’s playground equipment, a dated picnic table and open space prone to flooding. But that has all changed, and a new-look Oak Grove Park is ready for summer.
Through a Neighborhood Conservation project, Oak Grove Park recently underwent some major improvements to its playground equipment, the result of a community engagement process that included meetings with both adults and children. The updates to the park include a “tot lot” and a play area for older kids, an improved picnic shelter, site furnishings, a water fountain, many new trees, and biorentention for stormwater management.
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A focus on climbing emerged during the meetings with local kids — they “didn’t want something lame” — leading to the centerpiece, a contemporary “tree” playground that blends in with the surrounding park.
In addition to many new trees, bioretention was installed to provide stormwater management — everything from the picnic shelter to the boardwalk to the the playgrounds themselves contribute to improving the ecology of the site.
A particularly eye-catching feature of the new-look park is a sculpture of a tree with animals and windows, created by local chainsaw artist, and Arlington resident, Andrew Mallon.
A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new Oak Grove Park is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 12 p.m.