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 parking lot on property that it owns at 7200 Columbia Pike to create a compact and flexible dedicated park/civic space that can also be expanded for intermittent or “pop-up” programming and special events during weekends and evenings. 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.


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


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
Conceptual Design Development Summer 2018
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
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.

"Demonstration Park" in Annandale on Sunday, June 3, 12 – 4 p.m.

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 basic project overview is available here.

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 or call (703) 324-9300.

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