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Clarendon Dog Park to Reopen in Late Spring

by Katie Pyzyk — March 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm 2,153 2 Comments

Construction at James Hunter Park in Clarendon Final site plan for James Hunter Park in Clarendon

Although at one time the project was slated to be finished last month, the Clarendon dog park renovations are still ongoing. Now we’re hearing that the revamp of James Hunter Park could take another couple of months.

According to Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Susan Kalish, the new goal is for a late spring reopening. The current delay is on top of setbacks during the planning process, which prevented the renovations from being finished last summer as originally planned.

Last May, the County Board approved a contract worth more than $1.6 million to renovate the park, which sits at the corner of N. Herndon Street and N. 13th Street.

The revamp plan emphasizes several sustainable and “green” features, such the use of recycled materials and an automated water management system that will capture and reuse rain water. The water will be stored in an underground unit and will be used for onsite landscaping irrigation. The park will also have a system to collect and use solar energy. The irrigation pumps, for example, will be run by solar power.

The final design for the park shows a plaza terrace with an open lawn area, gardens, a canine area, pedestrian areas, picnic areas and public art.

  • anon

    You’re right – the dogs won’t notice the fancy “demonstration lawn” and the public art. They will, however, notice the effects of such a drastic decrease in space from what the park had before. They call this a renovation of the dog park, and yet the dog park portion of this lot has been cut down by a huge amount.

  • Anon

    There is plenty of outdoor space for humans in the Clarendon/Courthouse area. What the area LACKS is enclosed space for dogs. Have you seen the amount of dogs that are in the Clarendon area? The new park has a greatly decreased the amount of enclosed dog space in this park, and I guarantee the other portions of the park will see minimal use.

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