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Park Typology 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. Click here to view a complete list of all the City's parks and open spaces shown by typology.   



Service Area  

Estimated Plan Timeline  

Citywide Parks      
Contains multiple uses within a park boundary; attracts visitors from all over the City     
10 to 50 acres       

0 - 25 miles  




Neighborhood Parks    

May include multiple uses within park boundary; attracts nearby residents     
0.5 acres to 10 acres       
0-5 miles  
Pocket Parks   
Small open space; mainly single use attracting nearby residents   
Under 0.5 acres   
0.5 miles or less 
Natural Resource Areas      
Includes open spaces that are primarily passive-use or preservation areas.     
 No minimum or maximum   
Shared Use  
Includes parks that share facilities with schools and recreation centers   
 5-20 acres (average)   
0-25 miles 
 Included as part of the 2013-2014 Long-Range Educational Facilities Plan
Attracts users from beyond the region because of unique features.   
 0-100+ miles   
 Park Plans completed individually for these sites because of their unique character.   
Includes lands or facilities administered by other regional entities   
50-75 acres   
0-100+ miles    
 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   
No Minimum or Maximum   
 0-100+ miles
 Included as part of the upcoming (2014) Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan




Neighborhood Park Planning

 The Division of Park Planning, Design, and Capital Development is currently planning for the City’s existing Neighborhood Parks, which we characterize as being 0.5 - 10 acres with a service area of up to .5 miles. The results of this plan will help determine budgeting priorities and recommendations for both short and long-term incremental improvements, ensuring that neighborhood parks serve Alexandria’s needs now and into the future.

The 18 Neighborhood Parks included in this planning process include:  

Neighborhood Parks Map 

  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 

You can help by informing us of YOUR neighborhood park needs. 
Provide your input in two ways:
Take a survey about the Park you use, click here.

Or attend one of the following Park Planning Workshops:

District 1 Workshop, includes: Lee Center, Montgomery Park, & Powhatan Park
Saturday, September 27, 9:30-11:30am, Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street

District 2 Workshop, includes: Beach Park, Hooffs Run Park & Greenway, Timberland Park, Goat Hill Park, Landover Park, Angel Park, Hume Springs Park, 3550 Commonwealth Ave
Saturday, October 25, 9am-11am, Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave

District 3 Workshop, Includes: Mulligan Park, Stevenson Park, Luckett Field & Skate Park, Ewald Park, Taney Ave Park, Chambliss Park
Saturday, November 1, 9am-11am, William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave

We will post the results of the public feedback at the end of November, 2014.



The planning process will follow the timeline below:

Spring/Summer 2014: Internal research, site observations, and public outreach preparation

Fall 2014:  Public outreach and information gathering

Winter 2014: Develop recommendations and conceptual draft plans

Spring 2014: Public outreach and feedback on draft plans

Summer 2015: Complete and release plans 

Related Documents

Memo to Park and Recreation Commission outlining the Neighborhood Park Plan Process (April 2014) 


Please contact or 703.746.5491 with questions or comments.   



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 15-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

Citywide Park Plan CoverTo move forward with finalizing the Citywide Parks Improvement Plan, RPCA has set forth the following public review process:

      •      January 16, 2014  
             Release the draft Plan to the public

             February 20, 2014    
             Public Hearing at Park and Recreation Commission (View public comments here
  •      March 4, 2014        
         Planning Commission Information Session 
         (Strategic Open Space Master Plan compliance memo
  •      March 20, 2014       
         Park and Recreation Commission decision on Plan endorsement 
         June 11, 2014 
         City Council Information Session and formal receipt of the Plan 

If you provided input to this plan please take this survey to let us know what you thought of the participation process: . Information from this survey will help us shape the process for our next planning effort.


 Please contact or 703.746.5491 with questions or comments.  




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.


Additional Materials

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) 



1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6344

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James B. Spengler