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Simpson Park Playground and Lawn Renovation - September 2016

Simpson Park Playground and Passive Lawn Final Concept Plan Information

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.

Lardner/Klein provided three design alternatives in Spring 2016. Based on the feedback received from previously submitted designs, they have developed a final plan, shown on the next page. Please provide any additional feedback on the final plan, which they can use to make amendments. Construction is set to begin Spring 2017.