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In this week’s Neighborhood Spotlight Drew Carpenter, Tyler Marrin, and Wilson from The Keri Shull Team explore some of the best artsy and outdoor spaces in Crystal City and National Landing.
Long Bridge Park
Long Bridge Park offers more than 30 acres of open space and recreation. Public greens and playgrounds for children ages 2-5 and 5-12 make the park a great place for family time. Long Bridge Park also offers multipurpose sports fields and a raised walkway with views of the sports fields, capital monuments and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary.
Don’t miss this great outdoor space in National Landing!
Prism & Radiance Art Wall
The Art Walls program aims to add color and character to public spaces in Crystal City. For this project, artist Anne Marchand worked with 2 muralists and 3 artists to paint “Prism,” a piece about light inspired by quantum physics. 35 colorful rectangular panels, 160 feet long in total, hang along 18th Street in Crystal City. Across the street you’ll also find “Radiance,” a series of mosaic pieces by Valerie Theberge.
For a break from the heat, head into Crystal City’s famous corridors. FotoWalk Underground brings a rotating gallery of 150 photographs to the bright indoor tunnels that crisscross Crystal City’s offices, residences and retail.
Crystal City Water Park
The name might conjure images of water slides and fountains, but it’s actually a gorgeous sculpture park filled with the sound of rushing water. It’s a great place to eat lunch, take a break or work outdoors. After sunset, romantic lighting makes the sculpture park a perfect date venue.
Around the corner is the Bell Street courtyard which features outdoor chess, ping pong and cornhole.
2121 Courtyard is a plaza surrounded by great restaurants. There are plenty of places here to sit, chat, picnic, mingle… or you can even find a spot to work outside on mild days. The courtyard offers free WiFi, and it hosts live music and other events.
The Landing is an indoor plaza with adjacent restaurants and lots of seating. It’s a great spot to eat your lunch, cool off, and rest your feet while you’re walking in Crystal City.
Bell Street Courtyard
This is another great place to take a break, take a picnic or bag lunch, or play games — Bell Street Courtyard offers cornhole and other classics. About 750 multifamily units are expected to begin construction near this site in 2019.
What’s your favorite outdoor hangout in or near Crystal City?
We want to hear about your favorite spots for art, food, and outdoor fun in the Crystal City and National Landing area. Let us know where to visit next in the comments below!
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
Please register in advance to assure your place at the webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/29543206508863839.
About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
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