Alexandria Park Planning

Citywide Park Planning Beginning in October 2012, The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is undertaking a nine month public outreach process to inform Management Framework Plans for the City’s large multi use Parks.

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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
    • Est Plan Timeline: Planned by external jurisdictions.   
  • 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 Draft 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, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) will determine short and long-term incremental improvements for these parks.  

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. In Summer 2019, RPCA sought feedback on the plans and is currently (Fall 2019) updating the recommendations to reflect the community response. The plans and community feedback can be viewed below. Staff presented the final plan draft plan to the Park and Recreation Commission on January 16, 2020. The final draft plan can be viewed here and comments can be submitted to the Park and Recreation Commission through for their public hearing and consideration of endorsement on February 20, 2020. PocketParkMapJune2019

Important dates: 

  • June 25, 2019: Draft Pocket Parks Improvement Plan Survey released 
  • July 1 – August 30, 2019: RPCA seeking input on the Draft Pocket Parks Improvement Plan through public engagement 
  • August 16, 2019: Draft Pocket Parks Improvement Plan Survey closed 
  • September 2019: RPCA staff updates the Pocket Park Improvement Plan based on community engagement feedback 
  • October 17, 2019: Public hearing with the Park and Recreation Commission  
  • January 16, 2020: RPCA presents the Final Draft Pocket Park Improvements Plan to the Park and Recreation Commission 
  • February 20, 2020: Park and Recreation Commission will hold Public Hearing and consider endorsement for the Pock Parks Improvement Plan

(Note: This Plan supports the implementation of the approved 2002 Strategic Master Plan for Open Space, Park and Recreation and therefore does not require Planning Commission approval)

If you have comments or questions on the Draft Pocket Parks Improvement Plan you can contact Ana Vicinanzo, Park Planner, ( 

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 plan in its entirety here: Neighborhood Parks Improvement Plan.

The Park and Recreation Commission endorsed the plan on November 19, 2015 (endorsement letter). 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. Landover Park   
  11. Lee Center 
  12. Luckett Ballfield & Schuyler Hamilton Jones Skate Park
  13. Montgomery Park
  14. Mount Jefferson Park & Greenway
  15. James Mulligan Park 
  16. Powhatan Park   
  17. Stevenson Park   
  18. Taney Avenue Park 
  19. Timberland 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. The endorsement letter and final plan can be viewed here. The appendix can be viewed separately here

Staff is currently working to implement the park plan recommendations using both City Capital Improvement funds and alternative funding sources. Click here for 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)