Eugene Simpson Athletic Diamond Fields Renovation Plan
In 2021, Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) began designing renovations of Eugene Simpson Stadium Park. Proposed improvements are based on the findings of substantives community outreach, which culminated in the 2014 Simpson Stadium Park Improvement Plan. Between completion of the improvement plan in 2014 and the start of design in 2021, the community identified the need for improvement to both Big and Little Simpson Ball Fields. In totality, the proposed park renovation project seeks to implement the park improvements listed below:
- Install a planted tree buffer with native vegetation along the E. Duncan Alleyway
- Extend the hardscape trails to the north-eastern section of the park
- Install a new ADA compliant access off E. Monroe to the dog park and rectangular fields
- Install new bleachers at Big and Little Simpson
- Improve the dugouts at Big and Little Simpson
- Install additional storage at Big Simpson
- Install a dedicated concessions stand at Big Simpson
- Install a new passive use and picnic area adjacent to the concession stand
- Improve traffic flow and expand the parking lot
- Install synthetic turf at Big Simpson to address drainage and playability issues
- Re-grade the natural turf field at Little Simpson to address drainage issues
The goal of the current project phase is to develop and permit a fully constructible design, which satisfies the objectives listed and does not exceed the project budget. As part of this phase, community outreach will be performed to build consensus around the proposed design. Impacts to existing facilities and user groups will be discussed and reviewed to create a design that meets the project goals and community needs.
To review the most recent diagram of the Simpson Park renovation project in English or Spanish, click on the links below.
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Timeline and Project Updates
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 10-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.
The Park and Recreation Commission formally endorsed the Citywide Parks Improvement Plan on April 10, 2014. Final Simpson Park Improvement Plan (2014).
In 2021, the community advocated for additional improvements at athletic fields citywide. To understand the community’s needs at Simpson Stadium Park, a park plan amendment was proposed in July 2021 to include the option to convert one or both diamond fields to synthetic turf. Following community engagement, the amendment was approved in November 2021.
DESIGN PHASE TIMELINE
Construction is estimated to commence in Fall 2024 and conclude in 2025. RPCA will coordinate with schedule user groups to facilitate programing at alternative locations where and when possible. Please stay tuned for additional updates as design progresses.
COMMUNITY MEETINGS & PUBLIC OUTREACH
View written comments submitted during the April/May 2023 public comment period.
- June 17, 2023
City Council Public Hearing, City Hall (301 King St), 9 a.m.
- June 6, 2023
Planning Commission Public Hearing, City Hall (301 King St), 7 p.m.
- May 30, 2023
Del Ray Citizens Association Land Use Committee
- May 18, 2023
- Park and Recreation Commission Public Hearing, 7 p.m.: Virtual
- May 5, 2023
Online Survey/Public Comment Period Closes
- April 26, 2023
DPI, RPCA and the design consultant held a community meeting in the park to present the proposed design and collect feedback from the community.
- April 19, 2023
DPI and RPCA staff hosted a community pop-up/open house event at the park to collect feedback on the proposed design.
April 10, 2023
DPI and RPCA presented to the Youth Sports Advisory Board on the proposed 60% design for Simpson Park and collected feedback on the design.
March 16, 2023
DPI and RPCA presented to the Park and Recreation Commission on the proposed 60% design for Simpson Park and collected feedback on the design and community engagement process.
June 17, 2022
RPCA provided an update to the Park and Recreation Commission on the proposed concept design for Simpson Park and collected feedback on the design
June 13, 2022
RPCA provided an update to the Youth Sports Advisory Board on the proposed concept design for Simpson Park and collected feedback on the design.
April 21, 2022
RPCA introduced the design process and community engagement proposal to the Park and Recreation Commission and collected feedback on the design and process.
2021 Eugene Simpson Stadium Park Citywide Park Improvement Plan Amendment
The community is invited to provide feedback on a proposed Plan Amendment to the 2014 Plan to provide an option for one or both diamond fields to be converted to synthetic turf.
July 17, 2021
RPCA introduced the proposed Plan Amendment to the Park and Recreation Commission.
September 13, 2021
RPCA introduced the proposed Plan Amendment to the Youth Sports Advisory Board.
October 20, 2021
Public written comment on Plan Amendment period closes.
November 18, 2021
The Park and Recreation Commission Public Hearing to discuss proposed Plan Amendment (July 15, 2021)
Park & Recreation Commission Public Hearing Announcement(November 4, 2021)