Alexandria Park Plans

Park Planning guides informed and insightful decisions that provide relevant and timely direction to park management, and informs future decision-making consistent with the RPCA stated mission. Planning also provides methods and tools for resolving issues in ways that minimize conflicts and promotes mutually beneficial solutions that articulate how public enjoyment of the parks can be part of a strategy for ensuring that parks continue to evolve and meet future community needs.

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Alexandria Typology Park Plans

In 2012, the Division of Park Planning, Design, and Capital Development began developing Park Plans by park typology. This planning process breaks out the City's open spaces into groups based on their size and uses, allowing us to develop plans for parks that share similar characteristics and improvement needs, as shown in the table below. Through this multi-year effort, RPCA intends to determine budgeting priorities and recommendations for both short and long term incremental improvements, ensuring the parks serve Alexandria's needs now and into the future.  View a complete list of City's parks and open spaces shown by typology.   

Park Types (PDF)

  • Citywide Parks: Contains multiple uses within a park boundary; attracts visitors from all over the City
    • Size: 10 to 50 acres
    • Service Area: 0 - 25 miles
    • Est Plan Timeline: 2012-2014
  • Neighborhood Parks : May include multiple uses within park boundary; attracts nearby residents
    • Size: 0.5 acres to 10 acres
    • Service Area: 0-5 miles
    • Est Plan Timeline: 2014-2015
  • Pocket Parks: Small open space; mainly single use attracting nearby residents
    • Size: Under 0.5 acres
    • Service Area: 0.5 miles or less
    • Est Plan Timeline: 2016
  • Natural Resource Areas: Includes open spaces that are primarily passive-use or preservation areas.
    • Size: No minimum or maximum
    • Service Area: Citywide
    • Est Plan Timeline: 2016-2017
  • Shared Use: Includes parks that share facilities with schools and recreation centers
  • Destination/Historical: Attracts users from beyond the region because of unique features.   
    • Size: Varies
    • Service Area: 0-100+ miles
    • Est Plan Timeline: Park Plans completed individually for these sites because of their unique character.
  • Regional: Includes lands or facilities administered by other regional entities
    • Size: 50-75 acres
    • Service Area: 0-100+ miles 
  • Corridors/Linear Parks/Trailways: Includes trailways, corridors and linear parks that serve primarily as linear bikeway corridors; may include right-of-ways   

Park Typology Plan Process 

Past Public Process and Additional Materials

Pocket Park Planning

The Pocket Parks Improvement Plan (Plan) examines the City’s 25 pocket parks (parks that are municipally owned and less than 0.5 acres). The Plan seeks to study and understand the existing conditions and future needs for these parks. Through the Plan, RPCA will determine short- and long-term incremental improvements for these parks.  PocketParkMapJune2019

Through 2018, community engagement efforts were carried out to learn more about the parks and what the community would like to see enhanced, transformed, and preserved. RPCA used this information to develop the draft Plan for all 25 City pocket parks. During Summer 2019, RPCA sought feedback on the plans and in Fall 2019 updated the recommendations to reflect the community response. The individual pocket park plans can be viewed below. Staff presented the final draft plan to the Park and Recreation Commission on January 16, 2020 and on February 20, 2020 endorsed it. The final Plan can be viewed here.

Note: This Plan supports the implementation of the approved 2002 Strategic Master Plan for Open Space, Parks & Recreation.

Individual Park Plan Sections of the Pocket Parks Improvement Plan:

  1. 48 South Early Street Park 
  2. 1301 Powhatan Park
  3. 2304 East Randolph Avenue Park
  4. Armory Tot Lot Park 
  5. Braddock & Commonwealth Dog Area
  6. Charles Hill Park
  7. Chetworth Place Park
  8. Elbert Triangle Park
  9. Gentry Park
  10. Hillside Park
  11. Hunter Miller Park
  12. Interior Park
  13. Lake Cook Pocket Park
  14. Le Bosquet at Sunnyside Park
  15. Lynhaven Gateway Park
  16. Lynhaven Park
  17. Mason Avenue Mini Park
  18. Pendleton Park
  19. Portner Park - Note: The land on which Portner Park sits, is currently owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation though it is used as a public Right-of-Way. The City must coordinate any future improvements through the state agency.
  20. Potomac Triangle Park
  21. Ruby Tucker Park
  22. St. Asaph Park
  23. Sunset Mini Park
  24. Washington Way
  25. Woodbine Tot Lot

View the Appendix.

Please contact or 703.746.5494 with questions or comments.   

Neighborhood Parks Map
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Neighborhood Park Planning

In Fall 2014, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities began a public process to develop a Neighborhood Parks Improvement Plan for the 17 neighborhood-serving parks throughout the City. We characterize these parks as being 0.5 - 10 acres with a service area of up to 0.5 miles. The Plan aims to reflect the community feedback we received over the twelve month process, and will serve as a guide in setting priorities and budgeting for enhancing our parks and, subsequently, improving the health of Alexandria’s natural environment and its people.  View the Neighborhood Parks Improvement Plan in its entirety.

The Park and Recreation Commission endorsed the plan on November 19, 2015. City Council will receive the plan at its Legislative Session on March 8, 2016 (previously scheduled for January 26, 2016).

Note: This Plan supports the implementation of the approved 2002 Strategic Master Plan for Open Space, Parks & Recreation 

Related Documents

Neighborhood Park Improvement Plans Appendix

Individual Park Plan Sections of the Neighborhood Parks Improvement Plan:

  1. Angel Park   
  2. Beach Park 
  3. Beverley Park
  4. 3550 Commonwealth Ave
  5. Chambliss Park 
  6. Ewald Park 
  7. Goat Hill Park 
  8. Hooff's Run Park and Greenway
  9. Hume Springs Park 
  10. James Mulligan Park 
  11. Landover Park   
  12. Lee Center 
  13. Luckett Ballfield & Schuyler Hamilton Jones Skate Park
  14. Montgomery Park
  15. Mount Jefferson Park & Greenway
  16. Powhatan Park   
  17. Stevenson Park   
  18. Taney Avenue Park 
  19. Timberland Park 
  20. Wilkes Street Park
  • Note: In the Draft Neighborhood Park Plans current unfenced dog exercise areas are proposed to remain unfenced with additional barriers and amenities. Fencing of these areas may be considered in conjunction with review of the Dog Park Master Plan and with approval by City Council.


The planning process followed the timeline below:

Please contact or 703.746.5491 with questions or comments.   

Citywide Park Plan Cover

Citywide Park Planning

In the summer of 2012, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) began a multi-year process with the public to develop a Citywide Parks Improvement Plan. The goal of this initiative was to study and understand the existing conditions and future needs for Alexandria's parks that are over 10-acres, municipally owned, and have multiple uses, including: Ben Brenman and Armistead L. Boothe Parks, Chinquapin Park, Four Mile Run Park, Joseph Hensley Park, the Holmes Run Park System, and Simpson Stadium Park. These parks serve as vital open spaces for our community, providing recreational opportunities, areas for picnic and relaxation, and ecological benefits to the City.

The Park and Recreation Commission formally endorsed the Citywide Parks Improvement Plan on April 10, 2014. View the endorsement letter and final plan. View the appendix separately

Staff is currently working to implement the park plan recommendations using both City Capital Improvement funds and alternative funding sources. View alternative funding program information and successes to date

Past Public Process and Additional Materials

In fall 2012, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities asked for community input on the Citywide park short and long-term needs. We wanted to know how you use the parks, what you like in the parks, and what you hope to see in each of these parks in the future. By December we heard from over 585 individuals, including those who sent in comments by survey and attended workshops. Since then staff has analyzed the feedback and tried to best balance all park user input to create Draft Park Improvement Plans. Staff also received feedback on the draft plans from the beginning of May through the end of June 2013. Summaries of this outreach process are in the links below.

Four Mile Run Park,  3700 Commonwealth Avenue (map)  

Simpson Stadium Park, 426 E. Monroe Avenue (map) 

Chinquapin Park, 3210 King Street (map) 

Hensley Park, 4200 Eisenhower Avenue (map) 

Holmes Run Park, Holmes Run Parkway (map)  

Ben Brenman and Boothe Parks, 4800 Brenman Park Drive (map)