Waterfront Plan Implementation

The Waterfront Plan, approved by the City Council in January 2012, is a 20-30 year vision for the area extending from Third Street (Tidelock Park) on the north to Wolfe Street (Shipyard/Harborside Park) on the south. The Phase I landscape and flood mitigation design for implementation of the Waterfront Plan was approved on June 14, 2014 by the City Council.

Page updated on Dec 9, 2018 at 6:56 PM
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On November 29, 2018, the City Council Naming Committee voted unanimously to recommend to City Council that the interim King Street Park (1 & 2 King St.) and existing Waterfront Park (1A Prince St.) be combined into one park named Waterfront Park.  Click the link above for detailed information about the naming process, including past and future opportunities for public input.


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The City of Alexandria, Virginia is embarking on a multi-year capital program to reinvent the City’s Waterfront as a dynamic gateway to historic Old Town. The $60 million program includes development of a flood mitigation system, creation of a riverfront promenade and the new Fitzgerald Square plaza.



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The Alexandria Waterfront is comprised of three key components: the streets connecting the city fabric to the Waterfront, the promenade as a connective line along the Waterfront, and the unique “rooms” that celebrate the character of individual areas within the Waterfront. These three components all contain common elements.


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On January 27, 2015, Alexandria City Council received and adopted "Option A – Flood Mitigation & Promenade," a phasing plan for implementation of the Waterfront public improvements, which was generally consistent with the following initial order of implementation: a. completion of core area utility, roadway and other infrastructure construction required to support subsequent improvements; b. competition of flood mitigation elements; c. completion of Fitzgerald Square improvements; and d. completion of remaining park improvements inside the core area.


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Implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan is beginning with flood mitigation, as directed by Council and supported by the community as determined through the "Waterfront Phasing and Funding Plan" efforts.


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The Waterfront Plan, approved by the City Council in January 2012, is a 20-30 year vision for the area extending from Third Street (Tidelock Park) on the north to Wolfe Street (Shipyard/Harborside Park) on the south. The Phase I landscape and flood mitigation design for implementation of the Waterfront Plan was approved on June 14, 2014 by the City Council.


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The Alexandria Waterfront Commission advises the City Council and staff on issues related to Alexandria's Marina, and advises on implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan. The Commission is composed of 21 members representing a particular neighborhood, community organization, or City committee. The Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at City Hall, 301 King Street, unless otherwise indicated.


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In October 2014, the City established a citizens’ Ad Hoc Monitoring Group on Waterfront Construction to proactively address impacts such as noise, hauling, dust and other impacts, once development along the waterfront begins.  Read more for members and meetings.


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The Waterfront Plan recommends a variety of parking and circulation improvements with several underway.



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