Winter 2016: Upcoming Meetings, Park Update, Calendar
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Friends of Long Bridge Park

Winter 2016 Newsletter

Two Upcoming Meetings:

Park Update and “Complete and Connect” Advocacy Meeting

Jan. 24, 2014, 3:30 pm,
Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St S, Arlington, VA 22204

"If you are interested in the future development of Long Bridge Park, this is a meeting you should not miss!”

See the story below for more information.

(If needed the snow day is the next Sunday)

The Long Bridge Project Community Meeting

The railroad bridge that goes over the George Washington Parkway and the Potomac is called "Long Bridge". DDOT, in partnership with FRA, VRE and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), is advancing a study to address the potential rehabilitation or replacement of the Long Bridge. The study will evaluate the bridge’s long-term capacity and improvement needs. A new bridge would meet the future capacity needs of high-speed intercity passenger rail service on the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) Corridor and Northeast Corridor (NEC), expanded commuter rail services, namely VRE and potentially MARC, and increased freight rail traffic, namely CSX and potentially Norfolk Southern.  In addition, several alternatvies are proposed for Bike/Ped and other modes of transit.

Community Meeting Long Bridge Phase II Study

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
L’Enfant Plaza Club Room, Promenade Level
470 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC
L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station


Details about the Friends Meeting:


The Friends of Long Bridge Park will host a meeting to update interested individuals and groups on the current status of completing and connecting various aspects of Long Bridge Park. Included in the agenda for the meeting will be an update on the status of the planned Aquatics, Health and Fitness Center at Long Bridge Park. The meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 24 at 3:30 at the Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th St S., 22204).

This special Friend of Long Bridge Park meeting is aimed at helping promote and foster increased community awareness and support for encouraging the County to move forward with the further development of Long Bridge Park. 

Later this spring, the County Board will decide whether or not to move forward with the development of a downsized and redesigned Long Bridge Park Aquatics, Health and Fitness Center that will fit within the existing capital budget allocated for the project. It is very possible that at the same time the board will take positions that might impact the future development of other phases of Long Bridge Park.

The County Board’s decision will be based upon recommendations expected to be made this spring by the County Manager that will be informed by the Long Bridge Design Advisory Committee (see story immediately below). Given this pending Board decision, it is important that community members that wish to see the vision contained in the existing Long Bridge Park Master Plan realized make their voices heard by weighing in directly with the County Board.  The existing masterplan for the Long Bridge Park was unanimously approved by the County Board in 2013.

A major focus of the January 24 meeting will be on developing a community awareness, advocacy and a potential complementary fundraising campaign to complete the future phases of Long Bridge Park called for in the 2013 Park Master Plan. This includes moving forward with the development of a redesigned and more modest Long Bridge Park Aquatics, Health and Fitness facility Center; development of the fourth soccer field at the park;  and an update on the status of current efforts to develop a pedestrian/bicycle crossing from the park over the GW Parkway to the Mount Vernon Trail. 

County Manager and Long Bridge Park Advisory Committee to Make Recommendations concerning Long Bridge Park’s Future Development 

Last March, the Arlington County Board directed the County Manager to re-examine phase 2 development of Long Bridge Park. This phase includes building a new Aquatics, Health and Fitness facility at the park’s north end on the former Twin Bridges Marriott site. Phase 2 also calls for extending the existing park esplanade and the remediation and development of ten additional acres of parkland.

The postponement of phase 2 of the park’s development resulted when construction bids for the previously designed Aquatic, Health and Fitness facility came in at levels exceeding the amount contained in Board-adopted capital improvements budget (CIP) and bond funding previously approved by Arlington voters for the project
Specifically, the Board directed the Manager to “…seek broad input to test the assumptions of the current [Long Bridge Park facility] program, design and operations.” It also urged the Manager to explore possible partnerships and sponsorship opportunities that could help the county to support capital and operating expenses associated with the aquatics, health and fitness facility or that could assist with the development of other park elements.  

To assist in this effort, the Long Bridge Park Advisory Committee composed of citizens appointed by the Arlington County Board, was charged with reassessing the need and level of community support for the entire Long Bridge Park facility as well as to prioritize various recreational programing elements planned for the facility. Specific elements being evaluated include: a 50m pool; 25yd teaching pool; leisure pool; 10m dive tower; warm water wellness/therapy pool; health and fitness space; and community meeting rooms. The committee is also assessing the amount of emphasis that should be placed on premium architecture and advanced energy systems in the facility.

To accomplish this task, over the past year the Advisory Committee has engaged in a variety of community outreach activities. These include seeking direct input from citizens at the County Fair and weekly farmers market, engaging various county commissions and civic associations, outreach to users of exiting aquatics facilities and using an on-line community survey. Questions specific to Long Bridge Park’s future development were also included in statistically valid county-wide survey undertaken as a part of the County’s Public Spaces Master planning process.

The Advisory Committee is now in the process of evaluating the input it has received from the community and will soon make recommendations to the County manager. It is expected that the County Manager will make final recommendations to the board on how to proceed with the future development of Long Bridge Park as early as at the March County Board meeting. 

New Playground Coming to the Park!

See Long Bridge Park Website
Near 6th Street will be a new Playground!  It currently is under construction and will be done by summer!  This playground will have three separate sections with each section is designed for a different age group.  
See Long Bridge Park Website
In addition to the play equipment, the area will have some picnic tables and several places for additional picnic tables. We may be able to provide some funding for these additional features. 

Birds of Long Bridge Park Calendar

Photograph of Bald Eagle
Jay Pint Photography has produced a "Birds of Long Bridge Park Calendar"!
To order a Calendar or to see the rest of the pictures, go to his site!
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