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Alexandria Typology Park Plans

In 2012, the Division of Park Planning, Design, and Capital Development began developing Park Plans by park typology. This planning process breaks out the City's open spaces into groups based on their size and uses, allowing us to develop plans for parks that share similar characteristics and improvement needs, as shown in the table below. Through this multi-year effort, RPCA intends to determine budgeting priorities and recommendations for both short and long term incremental improvements, ensuring the parks serve Alexandria's needs now and into the future.  View a complete list of City's parks and open spaces shown by typology.   

Park Types (PDF)

  • Citywide Parks: Contains multiple uses within a park boundary; attracts visitors from all over the City
    • Size: 10 to 50 acres
    • Service Area: 0 - 25 miles
    • Est Plan Timeline: 2012-2014
  • Neighborhood Parks : May include multiple uses within park boundary; attracts nearby residents
    • Size: 0.5 acres to 10 acres
    • Service Area: 0-5 miles
    • Est Plan Timeline: 2014-2015
  • Pocket Parks: Small open space; mainly single use attracting nearby residents
    • Size: Under 0.5 acres
    • Service Area: 0.5 miles or less
    • Est Plan Timeline: 2016
  • Natural Resource Areas: Includes open spaces that are primarily passive-use or preservation areas.
    • Size: No minimum or maximum
    • Service Area: Citywide
    • Est Plan Timeline: 2016-2017
  • Shared Use: Includes parks that share facilities with schools and recreation centers
  • Destination/Historical: Attracts users from beyond the region because of unique features.   
    • Size: Varies
    • Service Area: 0-100+ miles
    • Est Plan Timeline: Park Plans completed individually for these sites because of their unique character.
  • Regional: Includes lands or facilities administered by other regional entities
    • Size: 50-75 acres
    • Service Area: 0-100+ miles
    • Est Plan Timeline: Planned by external jurisdictions.   
  • Corridors/Linear Parks/Trailways: Includes trailways, corridors and linear parks that serve primarily as linear bikeway corridors; may include right-of-ways   

Park Typology Plan Process 

Past Public Process and Additional Materials

Neighborhood Parks Map
click to enlarge

Neighborhood Park Planning

In Fall 2014, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities began a public process to develop a Neighborhood Parks Improvement Plan for the 17 neighborhood-serving parks throughout the City. We characterize these parks as being 0.5 - 10 acres with a service area of up to 0.5 miles. Staff developed the following draft plans for all seventeen parks after an extensive existing condition, use analysis, and community feedback: Draft Neighborhood Park Plans (October 2015). The Plan aims to reflect the community feedback we received over the twelve month process, and will serve as a guide in setting priorities and budgeting for enhancing our parks and, subsequently, improving the health of Alexandria’s natural environment and its people.  

The Department has set forth the following public review process to finalize the Neighborhood Parks Improvement Plan:

October 15, 2015              Present and hold public hearing on the Draft Plan to the Park and Recreation Commission
(7:00pm, Charles Houston Recreation Center)

October – December     Staff will revise the plans as advised by the Park and Recreation Commission

January, 2015                  City Council Receipt of the Plan (if endorsed by PRC)

If you have comments on the plan, we advise that you provide them to the Park and Recreation Commission by October 15, or attend the public hearing on that date. You can route your comments and questions to the Park and Recreation Commission through e-mailing Dana Wedeles, Park Planner, ( or contacting your PRC representative, as listed here:

(Note: This Plan supports the implementation of the approved 2002 Strategic Master Plan for Open Space, Parks & Recreation and therefore does not require Planning Commission approval

Related Documents

  1. Montgomery Park 
  2. Lee Center 
  3. Powhatan Park 
  4. Beach Park 
  5. Hooff's Run Park and Greenway 
  6. Timberland Park 
  7. Goat Hill Park 
  8. Landover Park 
  9. Angel Park 
  10. Hume Springs Park 
  11. 3550 Commonwealth Ave 
  12. James Mulligan Park 
  13. Stevenson Park 
  14. Luckett Field & Schuyler Hamilton Skate Park 
  15. Ewald Park 
  16. Taney Avenue Park 
  17. Chambliss Park 

Note: Beverley Park and Mt. Jefferson Park are considered neighborhood parks but are currently being planned through different City projects. Click here for information on Beverley Park improvements or here for information on Mt. Jefferson Park, as part of the Oakville Triangle Small Area Plan.

Note: In the Draft Neighborhood Park Plans current unfenced dog exercise areas are proposed to remain unfenced with additional barriers and amenities. Fencing of these areas may be considered in conjunction with review of the Dog Park Master Plan and with approval by City Council.


The planning process follows the timeline below:

  • Spring/Summer 2014: Internal research, site observations, and public outreach preparation
  • Fall 2014:  Public outreach and information gathering; The public feedback phase is complete, as of November 24, 2014. 
  • Winter 2014: Develop recommendations and conceptual draft plans
  • Spring 2015: Public outreach and feedback on draft plans
  • Fall 2015: Complete and release plans 

Please contact or 703.746.5491 with questions or comments.   

Citywide Park Plan Cover

Citywide Park Planning

In the summer of 2012, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) began a multi-year process with the public to develop a Citywide Parks Improvement Plan. The goal of this initiative was to study and understand the existing conditions and future needs for Alexandria's parks that are over 10-acres, municipally owned, and have multiple uses, including: Ben Brenman and Armistead L. Boothe Parks, Chinquapin Park, Four Mile Run Park, Joseph Hensley Park, the Holmes Run Park System, and Simpson Stadium Park. These parks serve as vital open spaces for our community, providing recreational opportunities, areas for picnic and relaxation, and ecological benefits to the City.

The Park and Recreation Commission formally endorsed the Citywide Parks Improvement Plan on April 10, 2014. The endorsement letter and final plan can be viewed here. The appendix can be viewed separately here

Staff is currently working to implement the park plan recommendations using both City Capital Improvement funds and alternative funding sources. Click here for alternative funding program information and successes to date. 

Past Public Process and Additional Materials

In fall 2012, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities asked for community input on the Citywide park short and long-term needs. We wanted to know how you use the parks, what you like in the parks, and what you hope to see in each of these parks in the future. By December we heard from over 585 individuals, including those who sent in comments by survey and attended workshops. Since then staff has analyzed the feedback and tried to best balance all park user input to create Draft Park Improvement Plans. Staff also received feedback on the draft plans from the beginning of May through the end of June 2013. Summaries of this outreach process are in the links below.

Four Mile Run Park,  3700 Commonwealth Avenue (map)  

Simpson Stadium Park, 426 E. Monroe Avenue (map) 

Chinquapin Park, 3210 King Street (map) 

Hensley Park, 4200 Eisenhower Avenue (map) 

Holmes Run Park, Holmes Run Parkway (map)  

Ben Brenman and Boothe Parks, 4800 Brenman Park Drive (map)