Support

Clarendon Dog Park Wins Award

James Hunter Park ribbon cuttingJames Hunter Park, which reopened in 2013 following a $1.6 million renovation, has been recognized as the “Best New Facility” in the parks category by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.

The Clarendon park, which has facilities for both dogs and humans, was called “a model for today’s urban parks” by the society.

“From using rainwater for irrigation to solar power to native plantings to increasing the urban tree canopy, this park is at the forefront of environmental sustainability,” the group said, according to a county press release.

“It’s wonderful that James Hunter Park was recognized,” Arlington County Parks and Recreation Director Jane Rudolph said, in a statement. “Its development was very important to the County. We were able to turn an empty lot in a very urban corridor into something that the community really values and enjoys. This recognition by VRPS makes it even more special.”

The honor was bestowed by a jury of statewide park and recreation professionals, who based their decision on criteria like “innovative nature of the facility design, funding, construction,” “effectiveness in addressing the goals as defined in terms of community needs” and “efficiency in use of resources.”

Detractors of the park have said it was too expensive and doesn’t have enough shade.

The county’s description of the park, located at the corner of N. Herndon and 13th Streets, after the jump.

Work-Play Revolution

The park includes a plaza area for picnics, a path meanders through the park where you can view native plantings in a demonstration garden and open grassy area for active park-goers and a dog park area that allows dogs to run off leash. Within a few blocks of James Hunter Park you’ll find housing, retail and office space. The park is an easy go-to destination for people who work or live in Arlington. Its diverse features have something for everyone.

Sustainable practices

James Hunter Park is the epitome of a sustainable park. The water management system collects and purifies rainwater from the entire site and stores it in a large underground cistern. From there, it can be used to maintain a constant supply of water for irrigation. Further, its passive subsurface irrigation system uses capillary action to deliver water and nutrients to plants through a series of inter-connected chambers. To add to its efficiency, the system will be automated, using pumps and monitoring equipment to reduce unnecessary or excessive over watering and conserve water. What’s more, solar energy provides power to the irrigation and water management system, as well as the fountain, lighting and displays. The park utilizes permeable paving surfaces and incorporates recycled materials in the construction.

Community Led Consensus

Starting in 2007, the Department of Parks and Recreation led an extensive civic engagement process to develop the park master plan, which included connecting with the neighborhoods, adjacent residential properties, Clarendon Dogs, and the Clarendon Alliance. Based on this feedback the concept was presented and adopted by the County Board. “The success of this park is based on the extensive community engagement we had,” added Rudolph. “Public space is at a premium in our urban corridor. We listened to our stakeholders. We heard from people who live in Arlington, work in Arlington, those with dogs and those without, businesses….everyone. And together we were able to develop a park that is packed daily and teeming with community connections.”

Recent Stories

Everyone has flat screen TVs already so how about a more interesting Black Friday special? The ARLnow Press Club for free, to try out the daily Early Morning Notes email…

There’s not a whole lot going on in Arlington today, save for activity at local shopping centers, so we’re going to fast forward right to the top story countdown. Here…

Statues of Liberty gives thanks this holiday season and grateful for a few things this year.

Happy Thanksgiving, Arlington!

It’s turkey time. Thanksgiving Eve is upon us and extra revelry can be expected at some local bars tonight, ahead of the holiday. Please be careful on the roads and…

The Optimist Club of Arlington is holding its 76th annual Christmas tree sale!

This year, the tree sale will be held at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road). The lot opens for sales on November 25th. The Optimist Club is selling small and large trees ranging from tabletop size to huge 14 foot tall trees! Wreaths, garlands, tree stands, and White House Christmas ornaments will also be for sale.

100% of all proceeds go towards helping Arlington County youth.

For more information, please visit the Arlington Optimists website at https://optimistclubofarlingtonva.org/.

Submit your own Announcement here.

Art House 7 is a small art studio in Arlington – offering instruction in painting, ceramics, sewing and more. We are looking for kind, dedicated people who love both creating and teaching.

Ceramic Teachers are needed to teach wheel-throwing to adults and 6-12th graders and to teach hand building to elementary grades. Classes have 3-8 students.

Drawing teachers are needed to teach either kids or adults. For kids, we offer cartooning, manga or traditional drawing. For adults, we only offer traditional drawing.

Painting teachers are needed to teach either kids or adults. We offer oil, acrylic or watercolor for adults or teens. All elementary classes use acrylic and tempera.

Read More

Submit your own Announcement here.

National Chamber Ensemble – Holiday Cheer!

NCE’s Holiday Concert will bring the finest classical masterpieces and holiday favorites together for the whole family. The festivities begin with Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride” and “Chanukkah Festival”, music from the Nutcracker and by J.S. Bach.

Outstanding Young Artist

Tony Woods Live – Standup Comedy Showcase

Live Standup Comedy Starring the Legendary Tony Woods!
Arlington, VA
Friday, November 25

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Doors at 7pm)
Crystal City Sports Pub (3rd floor lounge)
529 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA
$15 – General admission
$20 –

×

Subscribe to our mailing list