2133 North Taft Street
Start Date (Design) 2nd Quarter 2016
End Date (Design) 2nd Quarter 2017
Start Date (Construction) 2nd Quarter 2018
End Date (Construction) 2nd Quarter 2019
About the Project
The existing playground was renovated, picnic areas were upgraded and trails were better connected. The two courts were replaced with a single, lighted, multi-use court that incorporates a high school-sized basketball court that is also suitable for volleyball and other court games. Additionally, the park was made more accessible.
About the Process
On Wednesday March 29, staff presented final design plans for proposed renovations to Dawson Terrace Park at the March 2017 North Highlands Civic Association meeting. See minutes of the presentation here. Final design drawings, including a revised materials plan can be viewed in the image gallery.
Staff presented design plans to the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) in February 2017 as part of the required process for receiving a Certificate of Appropriateness for construction within a local historic district. See the February 15 HALRB agenda here .
A second concept design meeting was held at the Arlington First Church of the Nazarene in September 2016. Staff provided an overview of the project and presented the latest design concepts. Community members present gave input on the proposed concept design. See the staff presentation here
In June 2016, staff from the Department of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation met with local residents and members of the North Highlands Civic Association for a community discussion and introduction to the Dawson Terrace Park Improvements project. See meeting minutes here. As follow-up to the meeting, County staff presented two concepts based on project scope, budget and appropriate community input in Late July/Early August 2016.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, The Arlington County Board approved a $1.5 million contract with Bennett Group to renovate Dawson Terrace Park. The Board vote was unanimous. To read the staff report, visit the County website and scroll to item No. 32 here. For additional details, read the press release here.
The project was completed in May 2019.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday, June 29 and included games on the court, a scavenger hunt, and snacks from MOM's Organic Market.
Construction for the Dawson Terrace Park renovation project is now complete and the park is open to the public.
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