City Schedules Simpson Park Playground & Lawn Renovation Community Meeting

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City Schedules Simpson Park Playground & Lawn Renovation Community Meeting

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2016

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) will hold a public meeting on Monday, October 17 to review feedback about the playground equipment, fencing, and play surfacing proposed in the Simpson Park Playground and Lawn Renovation Final Concept Plan.  The meeting will be held at the Mount Vernon Community School, Multi-Purpose Room, 2601 Commonwealth Ave. beginning at 7 p.m.

The Lardner/Klein design team will lead the presentation and facilitate public discussion. The meeting will focus on specific feedback related to playground area components such as type of play apparatus, play area fencing and surfacing.

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. 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. The Final Concept is the result of feedback from three previous versions discussed at the May 25, 2016 Public Workshop.  

This project is funded through a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant and matching City Capital Improvement Project funds. For more information about the renovation, visit the project webpage or contact Judy Lo, Park Planner, at 703.746.5490 or  

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Judy Lo at 703.746.5490 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail