3550 Commonwealth Ave & Dale Street Garden Renovation

Page updated on Oct 17, 2017 at 1:06 PM

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities PARKnership program and Rebuilding Together Alexandria have partnered to improve the neighborhood parks in Hume Springs and Lynhaven. Rebuilding Together was awarded design and construction funding improvements for 3550 Commonwealth Avenue and the Dale Street portion of Four Mile Run Park. The projects are being planned and constructed simultaneously, as described below:

3550 Commonwealth Ave.
The 0.58 acre site had previously been a dormant substation. The City’s purchase of the property in 2009 required that Virginia Electric Power Company demolish and3550_Concept(1) remove the substation and complete all necessary environmental remediation. In October 2011, neighborhood volunteers used donated plants and mulch to install two gardens, a walking path, shade trees and park benches. In 2016, the City completed the Neighborhood Parks Improvement Plan that included a concept for the park, building upon the volunteer efforts, with a plaza and game tables, a tricycle track and picnic area. In September, Rebuilding Together Alexandria hired Landscape Architecture firm Rhodeside and Harwell to develop a design for the site, based on the Neighborhood Parks Improvement Plan.

  • Project update: Rhodeside and Harwell, RPCA, and Rebuilding Together Alexandria held a community meeting on October 11, 2017 to present a draft concept for the park, as shown in this presentation and to the right. 

Four Mile Run Park at Dale St.
This section of Four Mile Run Park is located along Dale Street, behind Cora Kelly Elementary School and Recreation Center. The 2014 Citywide Parks Improvement Plan recommended transforming the currently vacant space into a community garden. A new community garden will help address the City’s need for gardening opportunities in the Arlandria community.

The funds Dale Street Conceptfrom Rebuilding Together Alexandria will be used towards a design and construction of a garden while the management of the garden site would be through a partnership between the City and local organization. The concept for the site, shown right, is an illustration of what the site could look like, but will be further developed based on community feedback and management capacity.

  • Project update: RPCA and Rebuilding Together Alexandria held a community meeting on October 11, 2017 to present a draft concept for the park, as shown in this presentation and to the right. RPCA is collecting feedback on the site until October 31, 2017 through this survey.  Results of the survey will be posted on this site in November.

Project Schedule: Construction of both sites must be complete by November 2018, per the grant funding requirements.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria
Rebuilding Together Alexandria is an award-winning, mission-driven organization that creates healthy neighborhoods for Alexandria residents by providing free repairs to maintain affordable housing for low-income homeowners, revitalizing community spaces, and creating home ownership opportunities.  Since 1986, more than 24,000 volunteers have worked on 2,000 projects, leveraging $7.5 million worth of in-kind value to Alexandria.  Rebuilding Together’s work contributes to helping the City remain economically, socially and culturally diverse. For more information about Rebuilding Together, visit www.rebuildingtogetheralex.org. This is the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities third partnership project with Rebuilding Together Alexandria. 

For information on this project contact Dana Wedeles at Dana.Wedeles@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5491.


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