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Grand Opening Planned for Henry Wright Park

by ARLnow.com October 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm 3,784 8 Comments


A grand opening is planned for one of Arlington’s newest public parks.

Henry Wright Park, located at 4350 4th Street N. in the Buckingham neighborhood, is holding a grand opening celebration from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The free event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony and a moon bounce and face painting for the kids.

Construction on the park, named after the chief architect of the Buckingham Village I garden apartments, began late last year. The oval-shaped park has a fenced-in playground for two to 12-year-olds, picnic and game tables, two grassy areas, a number of benches, and a sign commemorating the history of the Buckingham Village Garden Apartments.

  • WeiQiang

    No bocce?

    • Joe Hoya

      They don’t want to attract a bad element.

  • ArlingtonWay

    Take a good look because it’s not going to look like that for long.

    • JohnB

      Yeah. Pretty soon there will be people there too.

  • 120

    Speaking of Grand Openings. When will the new playground open at Highview Park?

  • Arlingtonian

    The Arlington County Board approved the demolition of about a quarter of Henry Wright’s Buckingham, including much of Wright’s landscaped open space and trees (which had grown to a very large size). The Board then approved the naming of “Henry Wright Park” for the small piece of open space that remained between a number of massive buildings that now occupy nearly all of the part of Wright’s Buckingham that is now gone.

    The County is now planning to hold a ceremony to dedicate the Park. You can bet that none of the Board members that will speak at the ceremony will remind attendees that the park is all that remains of the much larger landscaped open space that Henry Wright planned for the project area.

    That’s the Arlington Way.

    • Bored but commenting

      Landscaped? Do you mean the hard-packed clay and bare dirt areas? Maybe it looked nice 50 years ago, but it looked like a dump before the new construction.

      Clinging to what never was does not bring improvement to neighborhoods.

  • Mary-Austin

    The new buildings there look like the dorms at my college.
    Maybe that is part of the plan to attract the still trying to live out college years crowd. Maybe they will have a shuttle to mister days.


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