Braddock Interim Public Open Space
The half acre public open space at 600 North Henry Street (next to the Wythe Street Post Office) provides community gathering areas, seating, joggle boards, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits and a ping pong table. These small recreational opportunities will be evaluated to determine the level of use they receive, and will inform their inclusion in the eventual 1-acre park. Equipment for these activities will be on a "bring-your-own" basis until loaner equipment can be made available for use. The plaza along Fayette Street is lighted and open until 10:00pm. The remainder of the park is open from dawn to dusk. A Bikeshare station is located along North Henry Street and bike racks are available in the plaza along Fayette Street.
The City acquired the property in 2010 as a first step toward the long term plan goal for a 1-acre park on that block, as envisioned in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan. The City is actively working on solutions to achieve the full 1-acre park (see below), and in the short-term the interim open space will serve many of the community's needs for open space and passive recreation. The Interim Open Space design was developed in collaboration with the Braddock Implementation Advisory Group through an active community process.
We would like to thank the following companies who donated site furniture for use in the interim open space:We would also like to thank Virginia Roofing for their donation through the Living Landscapes Fund.
- Conceptual Site Furnishings
- Iron Age Designs
- Landscape Forms
- RCLF Site Furnishings
- Site Concepts
Proposed 1-Acre Park Planning Process
Meeting materials can be found here.
- Saturday, May 30, 2015 - The BIAG held a public meeting and "walkshop" with the community and park designers, Andropogon Associates. The event provided participants with an opportunity to walk the site of the future 1-acre park and discuss Park Principles developed with the community as well as feedback already received.
- Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - The BIAG held a public meeting to discuss several updates to ongoing implementation efforts, including the proposed 1-acre park. Three concept design options were presented at the meeting. The community was given the opportunity to provide feedback on these options remotely by visiting AlexEngage from October 1st - 30th. Comments received informed the development of a preferred alternative concept, which was presented to the community at the January 28, 2016 BIAG meeting.
- Thursday, January 28, 2016 - The BIAG held a public meeting to discuss ongoing implementation efforts, including the design of the future Braddock Park. Andropogon presented a refined concept plan following BIAG and community input since September 2015.
- Thursday, April 14, 2016 - The final draft concept plan for the future park was presented to the BIAG and community. The park plan will be presented for approval at a public hearing of the Park & Recreation Commission in June.
- Thursday, July 21, 2016 - During its public hearing on July 21, the Park and Recreation Commission approved the concept plan for the future 1-acre Braddock Park. Detailed information can be found here.
- Final Concept Plan for future 1-acre park (2016)
Braddock Park Guiding Principles
In 2013, community members and the Braddock IAG worked together to create principles to guide planning and construction of the future park on the Wythe Street Post Office block. View the Braddock Park Guiding Principles.