Annandale Park / Civic Space

The OCR and the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) are seeking community input on the vision for a new, innovative community gathering space in downtown Annandale.

The County is interested in repurposing a portion of the property that it owns at 7200 Columbia Pike to create a park/civic space for community use by creatively leveraging an existing asset. The proposed space would consist of a dedicated community gathering area that could also be expanded into the nearby parking lot for intermittent or “pop-up” programming and special events during weekends and/or evenings when available. The County also wishes to explore the potential for future expansion and enhancement of the concept beyond the initial phase by integrating the adjacent, underutilized open space of the property into a holistic design.

Communities all across the country are exploring the placemaking power of such projects in an effort to bring people together and contribute to the vibrancy of an area. This project supports the long-term community vision for the Commercial Revitalization District (CRD), and is connected to recommendations in the 2016 Revitalization Strategies for Annandale study.

Concept

This initiative launched in May 2018 and is evolving with community input and the identification of additional opportunities.

Map of Proposed Park Civic Space

Examples of Community Pop-Up Spaces

Similar types of initiatives have been undertaken in communities across the country and come in many forms and varieties; they can occur in parking lots, in existing parks or plazas, or even by recovering portions of the public right-of-way. Oftentimes these spaces are designed using materials and elements that are not permanent, thereby minimizing costs and encouraging flexibility. They can also be designed to allow for the testing of community preferences for more permanent installations. But the one thing they all have in common is the idea that by creatively using existing assets, communities can create civic gathering spaces in places which lack such infrastructure.

Some examples include:

Milwauke Civic Space
The Spot 4MKE - Milwaukee, WI
The Boro
Greensboro Green at The Boro – Tysons, VA
Sunset Triangle
Sunset Triangle – Los Angeles, CA

Timeline

The anticipated timeline for this initiative, (barring any unforeseen circumstances or delays), is as follows:

Activity Timing
Community Engagement
• Host a "demonstration park" for community visioning, design and programming activities input – Sunday, June 3, 12-4 p.m. @ AVFD (7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA 22003)
Spring 2018
May/June
Conceptual Design Development Summer 2018
July/August
Community Engagement
• Host a "demonstration park" for community preference input – Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. @ Taste of Annandale event
Fall 2018
September/October
Finalize Design Concept
* may require phased approach
December 2018
Planning, Procurement, Baseline Measurement, etc. Winter 2019
Implementation Spring/Summer 2019
Testing and Monitoring Summer/Fall 2019

Community Input

The County will be providing opportunities during this initiative to gather community ideas and preferences on the vision for the proposed space.

Online Survey Now Available

Unable to join us at the Demonstration Park on October 13th? Please take the online survey to learn more about the draft concepts and submit your feedback. The survey will close November 13, 2018.

Please be sure to share this opportunity with your Annandale area friends, family members and neighbors.

Highlights of Fall "Demonstration Park" at the Taste of Annandale on Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

On Saturday, October 13, OCR, FCPA and community partners hosted a second “demonstration park” at 7200 Columbia Pike (ACCA Child Development Center) to coincide with the Taste of Annandale community event. Visitors were invited to stop by the demonstration park to experience a variety of fun, family-friendly programming such as fitness activities, educational classes, games, and the opportunity to win prizes. People were able to relax and catch up with friends in the community gathering space, stop by the project tent to learn more about the proposal, review draft design concepts for the park/civic space, and share their thoughts on the vision for the proposed space in downtown Annandale. The photos below provide highlights from the event.

Mosaic District
Visitors enjoy the Demonstration Park in the parking lot of 7200 Columbia Pike
Visitors learn about the Annandale Park/Civic Space proposal, review draft concepts and vote
Mosaic District
Visitors learn about nature and wildlife at the Hidden Oaks Nature Center table
Families play in the Games Area
Families enjoy storytime in the community seating area with the George Mason Regional Library

Results of Spring/Summer Community Input

A synopsis of the community input received at the Demonstration Park community event (June 3, 2018) and via the online survey, is available here. The input received was used to help inform the conceptual designs brought forth this fall.

On Sunday, June 3, OCR, FCPA and community partners hosted a “demonstration park” at the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) for participants to share their ideas on how to design and program a proposed innovative new park space in downtown Annandale. Due to the inclement weather, the event was hosted inside the AVFD social hall. The video below provides highlights from the event and more information about the initiative.

Milwauke Civic Space
The Boro
Sunset Triangle

Community input will be valuable in bringing the concept to life so we hope you will participate in future activities.

More Information

A press release about the “demonstration park” event on June 3, and the initiative is available here.

This webpage will be the best source for information, so please be sure to check back periodically for additional updates and announcements about the initiative, including opportunities for input.

For further information, please contact Laura Baker at Laura.Baker@fairfaxcounty.gov or call (703) 324-9300.


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