Waterfront Public Space Improvements
The Waterfront Small Area Plan contains a number of recommendations for improvements to the public spaces - its parks, paths, marina and shoreline - which are currently in various stages of implementation. The Plan seeks to achieve both major and minor improvements for nearly all of the City's waterfront public space network, from Daingerfield Island to Jones Point. Close coordination of all contractors involved in the improvements, namely flood mitigation, landscape design and more will be required to work closely with the City, each other, and the community.
Landscape Architectural Design: In late summer 2012, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Landscape Architectural Design Services for the waterfront. The solicitation closed September 28, 2012. The City’s evaluation process began shortly thereafter and is anticipated to be completed by late spring 2013.
Flood Mitigation: The City issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Flood Mitigation and Design for the Waterfront in May 2012. In December 2012, the City selected the firm of URS Corporation to lead this project for the waterfront. URS Corporation is now onboard and has begun an existing conditions survey which will be utilized by both the flood mitigation team and the landscape architectural team, once the latter is onboard, to begin the flood mitigation/landscape design process for the Waterfront. The survey results will also be shared with the Waterfront Commission and public.
The Art and History Waterfront Plans Implementation Committee: The Art and History Plans Implementation Committee consists of representatives from the Art and History communities appointed by the City’s Office of the Arts and the Office of Historic Alexandria, respectively. The committee’s purpose is to help facilitate integration of recommendations from the Art and History Plans into the implementation process for the Waterfront SAP, working with the City, Waterfront Commission and other community stakeholders. As one of its first key actions, in late fall 2012, the Committee drafted a Naming Policy for public spaces at the City’s Waterfront. The Committee has also drafted criteria and an application form as part of the Policy. As of late fall, early winter 2012, these items had been reviewed by the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, the Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission, the Commission for the Arts, the Archaeological Commission and the Waterfront Commission. The Waterfront Commission has endorsed the Naming Policy in a letter to City Manager Young dated December 5, 2012. The Naming Policy, Criteria and Form are attached to the letter . Also, there has been general consensus among the other commissions. The Naming Policy is just one of several items which the Art and History Waterfront Implementation Committee is pursuing to facilitate the integration of the Art and History Plans into the Waterfront SAP implementation process.
The Art and History Plans Implementation Committee is currently meeting bi-weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 PM at the Dr. Oswald Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street, and meetings are open to the public. More information will be posted as available to the Waterfront Commission page.
Examples of other anticipated Public Improvements under the Waterfront SAP
- A canoe/kayak launch near Tide Lock Park (Recommendation 3.20, p. 38);
- Re-grading of Oronoco Bay Park to create an amphitheater-like setting for performances and other events (Recommendation 3.31, p. 42);
- Replacing, where appropriate, the large diameter rip-rap (i.e. stone material) on the shoreline of Founders Park with native plantings to create a more naturalized shoreline (Recommendation 3.50, p. 49);
- Realizing a holistic vision for the foot of King Street, including elimination of parking lot, expanding the public space of Waterfront Park, and construction of a new pier to provide a chance for visitors to walk out on to the water as well as to accommodate commercial boating activity (Recommendation 3.67, p. 60); and
- Creation of an entirely new park on the water, from the foot of Prince Street to Point Lumley Park at the foot of Duke Street (Recommendation 3.92, p. 77),
Among many others!
Please check back often to see what is happening with the implementation of the Waterfront Plan's vision for the City's public space along the Potomac.