Citywide Park Planning
In the summer of 2012, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) began a multi-year process with the public to develop a Citywide Parks Improvement Plan. The goal of this initiative was to study and understand the existing conditions and future needs for Alexandria’s parks that are over 15-acres, municipally owned, and have multiple uses, including: Ben Brenman and Armistead L. Boothe Parks, Chinquapin Park, Four Mile Run Park, Joseph Hensley Park, the Holmes Run Park System, and Simpson Stadium Park. These parks serve as vital open spaces for our community, providing recreational opportunities, areas for picnic and relaxation, and ecological benefits to the City. Through the Citywide Large Parks Improvement Plan, RPCA intends to determine budgeting priorities and recommendations for both short and long term incremental improvements, ensuring the Parks serve Alexandria’s needs now and into the future.
The Citywide Parks Improvement Plan is currently (January 2014) in a draft form and can be viewed here. The appendix can be viewed separately here.
To move forward with finalizing the Citywide Parks Improvement Plan, RPCA has set forth the following public review process:
January 16, 2014 Release the Draft Plan to Public & the Park and Recreation Commission (7:00pm, Charles Houston Recreation Center)
February 20, 2014 Public Hearing on the Plan at Park and Recreation Commission (7:00pm, Council Workroom, City Hall)
March/April, 2014 City Council Information Session on the Plan (if endorsed by PRC)
If you provided input to this plan please take this survey to let us know what you thought of the participation process: http://survey.alexandriava.gov/s3/Citywide-Parks-Improvement-Plan-Process-Evaluation . Information from this survey will help us shape the process for our next planning effort.
Please contact Dana.Wedeles@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5491 with questions or concerns.
Past Public Process and Additional Materials
In fall 2012, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities asked for community input on the Citywide park short and long-term needs. We wanted to know how you use the parks, what you like in the parks, and what you hope to see in each of these parks in the future. By December we heard from over 585 individuals, including those who sent in comments by survey and attended workshops. Since then staff has analyzed the feedback and tried to best balance all park user input to create Draft Park Improvement Plans. Staff also received feedback on the draft plans from the beginning of May through the end of June 2013. Summaries of this outreach process are in the links below.
Four Mile Run Park, 3700 Commonwealth Avenue (map)
Simpson Stadium Park , 426 E. Monroe Avenue (map)
Chinquapin Park, 3210 King Street (map)
Hensley Park, 4200 Eisenhower Avenue (map)
Holmes Run Park, Holmes Run Parkway (map)
Ben Brenman and Boothe Parks, 4800 Brenman Park Drive (map)