Reminder: Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Releases Concept Plan for Simpson Park Playground and Passive Lawn Renovation | News Release | City of Alexandria

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2016


The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) seeks your feedback on the concept plan for the Simpson Park Playground and Passive Lawn. Staff will also be available on Thursday, September 8 to present and review the concept plan beginning at 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave.

RPCA hired the Alexandria-based landscape architecture firm Lardner/Klein to lead the design process and May + Watkins to incorporate public art within the site. The project implements recommendations from the 2014 Citywide Parks Improvement Plan, which called to (1) improve the open space to accommodate multiple passive uses and activities in Simpson and (2) renovate Simpson playground, including a new configuration, shade, surfacing, and equipment suitable for ages 2-12. The design also aims to connect passive use areas, making it family friendly for multiple age groups.

The concept is the result of feedback from three previous versions discussed at the May 25, 2016 Public Workshop.

This project is funded through a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant and matching City Capital Improvement Project funds.

For additional information, contact Judy Lo, Park Planner, at 703.746.5490 or Judy.Lo@alexandriava.gov.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Judy Lo at 703.746.5490 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail Judy.Lo@alexandriava.gov.

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