Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan Implementation Monitoring Group

The City of Alexandria's Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group will advise City staff on Fort Ward Park and Museum use and management. The ten members of the group were appointed by the City Manager in October 2009 based on their commitment to a balanced, multi-use park and historic site in the City, and are representative of the diversity of interests and uses of the park and museum site.

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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 

Fort Ward Park & Museum Area Management 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 Interagency Annual Report for FY 2020

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,

  • Fort Ward Playground Access Improvements 
    This project will relocate the existing playground from Area 1 to Area 5. The current 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.  
    Project Schedule:
                                    -Design: Spring-Summer 2020
                                    -Regulatory Permitting: Fall 2020
                                    -Procurement: Winter-Spring 2021
                                    -Construction: Fall 2021-Winter 2022
    Design Documents:
    -Playground Concept Plan
    -Playground Presentation Slides

    Community Updates 
    -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. 

    -February 2021:  Regulatory permitting was approved in January 2021, and the procurement process has begun.

  • 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.
    Project Schedule:  
                                   -Regulatory Permitting: Spring/Summer 2020 
                                   -Procurement: Fall 2020-Spring 2021
                                   -Construction: Spring 2021-Summer 2021
    Design Documents:
    -Picnic Area Pathway Concept Illustration

    Community Updates 
    -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

  • 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.  
    Project Schedule:  
                                    -Design: Winter/Spring 2021
                                    -Construction: Fall 2021 
    Design Documents 
    -This map shows the general locations of the ADA parking spaces. 

Fort Ward Park Management Plan Implementation Activity & Public Notices

Soil Testing and Surveying scheduled for February
Weather permitting, City contractors will be conducting geotechnical soil borings and land surveying at Fort Ward Park during the month of February. The work will occur in Picnic Area 2 (picnic shelter) and Picnic Area 5, and take 1-2 days to complete. Alexandria Archaeology has reviewed and approved the test areas.  For more information contact Judy Lo, Park Planning at 703.746.5490.

City of Alexandria to Host Community Meeting Regarding Upcoming Capital Projects in Fort Ward Park
The Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities and the Office of Historic Alexandria will host a community meeting regarding Fort Ward Park on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Stephens St. Agnes Middle School, 4401 West Braddock Road.
The meeting will be an opportunity for the community to learn about upcoming 2020 capital projects related to implementation of the Fort Ward Park & Museum Area Management Plan and the Fort Ward Interpretative Plan.  For more information, contact Judy Lo, Park Planning Division, at or 703.746.5490.

December 11, 2019 Meeting Presentation
December 11, 2019 Meeting Summary

Picnic Furniture & ADA Improvements to begin week of June 13, 2016 - June 9, 2016

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities will begin replacement of picnic furniture and the installation of other ADA enhancements consistent with the Fort Ward Park & Museum Area Management Plan recommendations. Picnic areas and other park amenities will remain usable throughout the improvement activities. Weather permitting, improvement activities will be completed during the week of July 4, 2016. For additional information, contact Chris Watson, Park Manager, at

Stump Removal to begin Week of January 25, 2016 - January 14, 2016
Tree pruning and removal work began at the Park in late December. As this work continues, we will begin to grind the stumps left from these maintenance activities, as well as other stumps that remain from trees lost during previous snow and other severe weather events. Stump grinding activities will be governed by the Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan, which identifies areas where minimal ground disturbing activities, including stump grinding  is permitted, and approved by the Office of Historic Alexandria. Where required, OHA archaeological staff will be onsite to observe the stump grinding operations. Approximately one hundred stumps from current and previous tree removal operations  have been identified. Stumps located in sensitive historical and archaeological sites will be left in place. The work will proceed as weather and ground conditions permit.

Tree Maintenance Work to begin in Fort Ward Park and Museum Area week of December 26 - December 15, 2015
The City of Alexandria will begin the seasonal tree maintenance in Fort Ward Park and Museum Area beginning the week of December 26, 2015 and will continue through January 2016 subject to the weather conditions. The work includes structural and deadwood pruning of fifty-two trees, removal of forty-two dead or diseased trees throughout the park and grinding of remaining tree stumps. 

Fort Ward Park Implementation Monitoring Group Meeting Information Archive 

Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group Archive