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Jones Point Park Improvements Project

Note: The Jones Point improvement project is complete. This page is no longer updated.

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How does it affect Alexandria?

Jones Point Park is approximately 65 acres in size.  The property is and will remain owned, maintained and operated by the National Park Service as land of the US Department of Interior. 

The National Park Service managed and implemented the park design process for Jones Point Park.  The process integrated significant public input and included an Environmental Assessment/National Environmental Protection Act process.  In June, 2005, Alexandria City Council voted to support National Park Service proposed action Alternative 4A and the National Park Service subsequently accepted that plan-which is now being implemented and will be constructed. 

Alternative 4A includes significant constructed features including: historic interpretation of the finishing pier/craneway and shipway, renovation of the Jones Point lighthouse, preservation and historic interpretation of the DC cornerstone, an historic site interpretive pedestrian/bike trails, multi-use fields, event lawn, playground and tot-lot, play courts, comfort station, 110 parking spaces, preservation of existing native species and wetlands and natural areas, removal of invasive plant species and replacement with native plant species.

  • Community Gardens presently in the Park are on Federal land and will remain under jurisdiction of NPS. 
  • The City will not schedule or maintain athletic fields or other facilities such as the playground.  These facilities will be used on a first-come/first-serve basis, similar to Daingerfield Island and Gravelly Point and maintained and operated by NPS.
  • The Jones Point Lighthouse will receive renovation work coincident with construction associated with Jones Point Park.  The work will be dedicated to interior and exterior improvements. 

Construction at Jones Point Park will be undertaken consistent with the Federal Highway Administration Record of Decision of June, 2000.  The entire Jones Point Park will not be closed to public access during construction.  The Royal Street Community Gardens, the Lee Street Community Gardens, the Mount Vernon Trail and the Community Recycling Center will have continuous public access.

Construction of the desired improvements will be undertaken expeditiously while maintaining public safety. Public access to some portions of the park will be temporarily/intermittently closed while improvements are being made.  Elements included as a part of the park work encompass an extensive area and while under construction, cannot be used for their intended purpose.  For example, heavy construction activities will include pile driving, earth moving, trenching for pipes and utilities.  These actions require the use of large construction equipment such as heavy lift cranes, loaders, dump trucks, earth moving equipment, etc.  Some of the work also has time-of-year restrictions.  In order to provide an efficient construction process, much of the work is heavily dependent upon linear and potentially concurrent construction sequencing.

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Announcements

  • What's New?
    • Current and upcoming construction 

      1. The contractor has finished the shoreline stabilization of the Mount Vernon Trail along the Potomac River south of Ford's Landing. This work stabilized the shoreline to prevent any future erosion from the Potomac River.  The stabilization work consisted of removing river debris and topsoil, then placing rip-rap (large stones on geotextile fabric) on the shoreline. 

      2. A work zone has been set up at the end of S. Royal Street near the former recycling center. This area has been reclaimed for the planting of trees and shrubs.  The work zone also includes the southbound shoulder of Royal Street to complete the sidewalk work in front of St. Mary’s Cemetery.

      3. The contractor is planning on closing the current park access trail and opening a portion of the new Mount Vernon Trail, from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge abutment to (approximately) the Judy Crenshaw Silver Maple tree.  The current park access trail will then be removed and the area will be prepped for planting.  This work is tentatively scheduled for the week of March 5.
         

       
     
  • Archived Information 

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Community Meetings

  • Jones Point Park Construction Community Liaison Group Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, September 13
    To ensure construction activities continue with little disruption, and to continue to provide a forum for open dialogue with the surrounding community, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), with participation of the National Park Service and City of Alexandria, created a Community Liaison Information Group on Jones Point Park Construction. The third quarterly meeting of the liaison group is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, at 7 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street.  
  • Jones Point Park Construction Community Liaison Group Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, May 17
    To ensure construction activities continue with little disruption, and to continue to provide a forum for open dialogue with the surrounding community, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), with participation of the National Park Service and City of Alexandria, created a Community Liaison Information Group on Jones Point Park Construction. The second quarterly meeting of the liaison group is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street.  
  • Jones Point Park Community Liaison Group Construction Tour - Saturday, March 26, 2011
    The Community Liaison Information Group, comprised of representatives from resident groups that may be most impacted by ongoing work at Jones Point Park, was provided a construction site tour of Jones Pont Park. Members in attendance were joined by representatoves from VDOT, Potomac Crossing Consultants, National park Service and City of Alexandria staff.  
  • Jones Point Park Construction Community Liaison Group Meeting - Thursday, February 3, 2011: 7 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
    To ensure that construction activities continue with little disruption, and to provide a forum for open dialogue with the surrounding community, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), with participation of the National Park Service and City of Alexandria, has created a Community Liaison Information Group on Jones Point Park Construction. The first meeting of the liaison group is scheduled for Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. The purpose of the meeting is to allow for liaison members and the general public to ask questions and to be briefed on ongoing Jones Point Park construction activities.  
  • Jones Point Park Construction “Pardon Our Dust Meeting” - Wednesday, December 8, 2010: 7 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
    The Virginia Department of Transportation and Potomac Crossing Consultants, with participation by the Contractor, Lane Construction, and the National Park Service, will host a Jones Point Park Construction “Pardon Our Dust Meeting” on Wednesday, December 8 at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.   
  • Jones Point Park Community Meeting - July 13, 2010: 7 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
    Congressman James P. Moran, City of Alexandria, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and the National Park Service (NPS)
     

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Information & Resources

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Stay Informed with eNews

 

eNews  To receive information about the Jones Point Park Reconstruction Project, update your subscription or subscribe to eNews by visiting alexandriava.gov/eNews. Subscribe to Jones Point Park Reconstruction Updates in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities notification group.

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Jones Point Park Community Liaison Group Members

 

  • Judy Noritake, Alexandria Park & Recreation Commission
  • Michael Reed, Fords Landing Homeowners Association
  • Richard Miller, Jones Point Park & Lee Street Community Gardens
  • Barbara Lynch, Jones Point Park & Lee Street Community Gardens
  • Maureen Dugan, Old Town / Hunting Creek Civic Association
     
 
  • Tim Elliott, Old Town Civic Association
  • Yvonne Weight Callahan, Old Town Civic Association (Alternate)
  • Herve Aitken, Old Town Village Homeowners Association
  • Teresa Miller, Yates Garden Citizens Association
  • John Wilson, Yates Garden Citizens Association (Alternate)
     
 

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Who to Contact

 

Jon G. James, Acting Superintendent
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Parkway Headquarters - Turkey Run Park
McLean, VA 22101
703.289.2500
 

Jonathan A. Jacobsen, Executive Project Manager
Potomac Crossing Consultants
703.329.3438
jacobsenj@wwbgec.com 

   
Bill Barkley
Potomac Crossing Consultants
703.329.3968
barkleyb@wwbgec.com 
Jennifer Lavin, APR, Community Relations Manager
Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project
703.329.3424
LavinJ@wwbgec.com 
   
City of Alexandria Staff Liaisons   
   
Ron M. Kagawa, ASLA, LEED AP, Division Chief
Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities
Park Planning, Design & Capital Development
703.746.5489
Ron.Kagawa@alexandriava.gov 
Jack Browand, CPRP, Division Chief
Department of Recreation Parks & Cultural Activities
Marketing, Public Relations & Special Events
703.746.5504
Jack.Browand@alexandriava.gov 

 

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