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County Seeking Input on Korean Embassy Park

Planned "pocket park" in CourthouseArlington County is seeking public input on a temporary park that will be built in the Courthouse area.

The park is being built on a third of an acre of what is currently vacant land along Clarendon Blvd, between N. Adams Street and N. Barton Street. The land, which belongs to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, is being leased to the county at no cost for at least two years, under the condition that the county maintains the land.

The park proposed for the parcel is being described as a “dynamic, inviting and sustainable open space” and Arlington’s “first temporary pop-up park.” It will include paths accessible to those with disabilities, chairs, tables, umbrellas, benches, planters, a drinking fountain, a small lawn area, shade trees, other plantings, and a small lawn area.

“A portion of the park building materials will be recycled from existing County surplus materials,” the county said. “Improvements to the site will be mostly surface improvements and will be designed to minimize the need for excavation. This will reduce the cost of construction and allow park elements to be reused at other sites.”

Via its Open Arlington website, the county is seeking community input on other potential park features. Ideas floated by county staff include:

  • Small-scale outdoor games (like cornhole, croquet or table tennis)
  • Bocce court
  • Miniature golf course
  • Gardening/demonstration gardens
  • Exercise classes
  • Concerts
  • Outdoor market
  • Game tables for chess or checkers
  • Picnic tables

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