Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan
Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan -- Purpose
In January 2015 City Council adopted the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan to provide a strategic long range plan for management and operation of the historic area and park site. The plan was developed after several years of community engagement with many stakeholder groups, including the Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group and later, the Fort Ward Park Implementation Monitoring Group.
Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan Goals
- Goal 1 - Management and Funding
The City of Alexandria will support a broad array of users and uses by collaboratively managing the park and equitably investing in the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area as compared with other regional city parks and facilities
- Goal 2 - Park Character: Preserve, Protect, Repair and Maintain Resources
The City of Alexandria, working with its boards and commissions, volunteers and park neighbors, will work to protect and maintain the nationally significant historic and cultural resources and locally significant natural resources found within Fort Ward Park.
- Goal 3 - Landscape Cultural Practices
The City of Alexandria will adopt appropriate and coordinated landscape management practices
- Goal 4 - Educate and Engage Visitors : Share the Stories of Fort Ward Park The City of Alexandria will increase and broaden the audience in support of the park's preservation and enhancement by providing a high quality interpretive and educational experience.
- Goal 5 - Enhance Park Facilities
The City of Alexandria will satisfy the growing need for passive recreational enjoyment of a shady, natural oasis from an increasingly complex urban environment.
Playground Virtual Community Meeting
2023 TBD, the meeting scheduled for December 15 has been cancelled.
The community is invited to attend a virtual community meeting about two potential locations (Sites B and D) for relocating the existing playground to a more accessible location in the park. The meeting recording will be available the day after the meeting. Persons unable to attend the virtual meeting may provide feedback to the project manager at: email@example.com
Fort Ward Park Meadow Restoration Community Meeting
November 19, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Join staff from the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and Natural Resources Division to learn about meadow restoration in Fort Ward Park. The meeting will convene at the Braddock Road parking lot, and will include a walking tour of the meadow area. Staff will discuss the process to restore the meadow and to re-establish its boundaries. The process will involve identifying vegetation that will be saved including trees which may be significant to the Fort community. Restoration efforts will occur over several seasons.
Playground Virtual Community Meeting
June 22, 2022 at 7 p.m.
The community is invited to attend a virtual community meeting to review options for improving accessibility to the Fort Ward Park Playground. The presentation will include options looked at during the May 21 Community Site Walk. Comments about the proposed playground sites will continue to be accepted. Comments may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fort Ward Playground Options
- Fort Ward Playground Site Matrix
- Meeting Presentation
- Virtual Meeting Recording
- Virtual Meeting Chat Transcript
- Fort Ward Video - Site A
- Fort Ward Video - Site B
- Fort Ward Video - Site C (we are working to fix the video which is upside down)
- Fort Ward Video - Site D
- Fort Ward Video - Site E
Playground Community Meeting
May 21, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Community meeting: The community is invited to attend a site walk with City staff to review options for improving accessibility to the Fort Ward Park playground. The meeting will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. at Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road.
Pre-Construction Meeting for the Fort Ward Park Picnic Shelter Accessibility Improvements
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 10 a.m.
March 31, 2022 Community Announcement
The public is invited to attend a Community Pre-Construction Meeting about upcoming construction of the Fort Ward Park Picnic Shelter Accessibility Improvements. The meeting will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road. The meeting will convene at the picnic shelter parking lot (Area 2). City staff will provide information about the project construction and archaeological monitoring. Construction activities are scheduled from April 26 – September 15, 2022.
Online Community Meeting about Fort Ward Park Projects
Monday, January 24, 2022 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community to learn about projects and initiatives recommended in the Fort Ward Park & Museum Area Management Plan and the Fort Ward Interpretative Plan.
Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Interagency Activity
In accordance with the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan and an interdepartmental MOU adopted in 2018, representatives from City departments that are responsible for managing Park operations have met quarterly to discuss issues and coordinate projects related to management of the Park’s grounds, facilities and historic areas. These departments are: Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA); the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA); Department of General Services (DGS); and Transportation and Environmental Services (TES).
Fort Ward Park Management Plan Implementation Projects
Fort Ward Accessibility Improvements
These projects are intended to improve accessibility throughout the park, and provide compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Projects are consistent with the Fort Ward Management Plan recommendations. An overview of these projects was presented at the December 11, 2019 Capital Projects meeting. For additional information, contact the project manager, Judy Lo, Park Planning, 703.746.5490, email@example.com
- Fort Ward Playground Access Improvements
This current playground location in Area 1 is situated at the bottom of a steep hill with poor drainage. Improvements will include new picnic tables and benches, new swings, a water fountain, natural play equipment, and plantings.
Revised Project Schedule:
-Regulatory Permitting: 2023
-June 2020: The community is invited to provide feedback on the new playground design. View a recorded presentation to learn more about the design. Submit comments and questions by June 26, 2020. Responses will be posted in July.
-August 2020: Responses to feedback regarding the June 15 recorded presentation are now available here. The design team will continue to refine the design in response to comments.
-January 2022 - December 2022: In response to community feedback about the 2020 playground proposal, staff are now studying new options for playground accessibility. Community engagement activities are planned in 2022 to solicit community feedback.
- Fort Ward Picnic Shelter Accessible Pathway
This project will provide an accessible pedestrian pathway connecting the picnic shelter to accessible parking located in Area 2. The new path will extend to Van Dorn Street and improve access from the north side of the park. As part of the stormwater management requirements, the path will be constructed with permeable pavers. Twenty trees will also be planted in the 'Woodlands Area' , located east of the picnic shelter (shown on Plate 20 of the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan) to comply with stormwater management requirements.
-Regulatory Permitting: Spring/Summer 2020
-Procurement: Fall 2020-Spring 2021
-Construction: April 2022-December 2022
-Picnic Area Pathway Concept Illustration
-June 2020: Construction is anticipated to begin fall 2020 and will take several weeks to complete. The picnic shelter will be closed during construction.
-August 2020: Permit plans were approved in August, and the procurement process has commenced
-February 2021: Procurement is underway and a construction contract will be awarded this spring
-April 2022: A Community Pre-Construction meeting was held on April 9. Construction commenced on April 26.
-April 2022: The Management Summary of the Javins site is available here. New South Associates will be monitoring the site to identify, assess and record buried deposits uncovered during construction. A final monitoring report will completed after construction.
-May 2022: The contractor, Sagres Construction, Inc. has mobilized and completed installation of tree protection measures, and erosion and sediment controls. The first segment of the permeable paver drainage system will be constructed starting from Van Dorn Street.
-August 2022: The project is 80% complete. The permeable pathway has been installed. The handrails for the ramp, and parking/road paving will be completed this fall.
-November 2022: Roadwork and paving for the ADA parking spaces will occur November 7 –10. Archaeologists from New South Associates will be on site during construction to monitor excavation of the roadway. The road will be closed to vehicles from 7am to 5pm but will remain open to pedestrians during that time. A report of all archaeological monitoring completed during construction of the project will be available soon.
- Fort Ward Accessible Parking Improvements
This project will provide ADA parking spaces in each vehicular parking area. Work will include re-paving, re-striping, and signage.
-Design: Fall 2022
-This map shows the general locations of the ADA parking spaces.
Fort Ward Park Implementation Monitoring Group Meetings (2015-1017)
In May 2015 City Council passed a resolution to establish an Ad Hoc Fort Ward Management Plan Implementation Monitoring Group (Monitoring Group). The Monitoring Group met from September 2015 to July 2017. City Staff will continue community engagement and encourages input with the Management Plan as well as the Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site Interpretive Planning project. Please visit the Historic Alexandria web page here for more information regarding the Fort Ward Interpretive Plan Committee.
City Contact Information
- Jack Browand, Deputy Director, Park Services, Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Judy Lo, Acting Principal, Planner, Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities - email@example.com
- Susan Cumbey, Director, Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to be added to the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan stakeholder email group, please email Judy.Lo@alexandriava.gov.