Simpson Park Renovation

Page updated on Sep 7, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Simpson Park Playground and Passive Lawn Renovation

Location: 421 Monroe Avenue

Project: In 2014, the City completed a Citywide Parks Improvement Plan, including a plan for Simpson Park. The plan called for renovation of the Simpson Playground and its adjacent open space, as shown in the area marked in the red dashed line below. After receiving a Land and Water Conservation Grant, the City is able to implement this recommendation. 

The City hired the Alexandria-based landscape architecture firm Lardner/Klein to lead the design process and May + Watkins to incorporate public art within the site. The project implements recommendations from the 2014 Citywide Parks Improvement Plan, which called to (1) improve the open space to accommodate multiple passive uses and activities in Simpson and (2) renovate Simpson playground, including a new configuration, shade, surfacing, and equipment suitable for ages 2-12. The design also aims to connect passive use areas, making it family friendly for multiple age groups.
Simpson Site Boundary

Funding: Capital Improvement Program, Playground Renovation Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Status: Procurement Phase 

Schedule: 

  • Construction:  2018/TBD
  • Procurement: Fall 2017
  • Construction Documents: Approved Summer 2017
  • Concept Design: May 2016 through October 2016
    Public workshop #1: May 25, 2016
    Public workshop #2: September 8, 2016 at 7pm Mt. Vernon Recreation Center

    Public workshop #3: October 17, 2016, 7pm Mt. Vernon Community School
  • Construction Design Development: October 2016 through Spring 2017

Contact: To email the Project Manager, click here.

Design Concept:

Lardner/Klein have developed a final concept plan, shown below.   They provided three design alternatives in Spring 2016, and based on the feedback received from previously submitted designs, they developed one draft concept plan.   The draft concept plan was further refined to incorporate comments received throughout the September and October 2016 public comment period. Thank you for your input.

Simpson Playground Plan

Project Materials:

October 17, 2016 Community Meeting

September 8, 2016 Community Meeting

May 25, 2016 Community WorkshopSimpson Meeting Photo

Project News: 

  • The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities held a public meeting on Monday, October 17, 2016, about the playground equipment, playground fencing, and playground surfacing proposed in the Final Concept Plan.  The meeting was held at the Mount Vernon Community School, Multi-Purpose Room, 2601 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia, 22301.
  • The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activites (RPCA) held a workshop to obtain feedback on the Final Concept Plan on Thursday, September 8, 2016.
  • RPCA held a workshop to obtain community input on the Simpson Park playground and adjacent lawn renovation on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.  

  • March 2016: RPCA hired the Alexandria-based landscape architecture firm Lardner/Klein to lead the design process and May + Watkins to incorporate public art within the site.   
  • November 2014:  On November 10, 2014 Staff received a confirmation letter from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to approve a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant in the amount of $200,000 for renovation of the Simpson Park Playground and Open Lawn. The City will match this grant through funds in the Capital Improvement Plan playground account. 

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