Construction Update: 27th Street S to the west of WETA Building will be closed permanently for construction starting on 2/8/2021. Jennie Dean Park is closed for construction until the 4th quarter of 2021.
3630 27th Street S, Arlington, VA 22206
Start Date (Design) 4th Quarter 2018
End Date (Design) 4th Quarter 2019
Start Date (Light Construction) 1st Quarter 2020
Start Date (Major Construction) 4th Quarter 2020
End Date (Construction) 4th Quarter 2021 (Projected)
About the Project
Jennie Dean has been integral to the Green Valley community in southern Arlington for more than 75 years. As the nearby community has grown, demand has spiked for public space and recreational options in the area. The County began master planning the park as part of the Four Mile Run Valley community planning effort and adopted the Four Mile Run Valley Park Master Plan and Design Guidelines in September 2018.
Phase one reconstruction will offer two lighted diamond fields; a lighted tennis court; a lighted basketball court; a playground for pre-school and school-aged children; two picnic shelters; a restroom building with three all-gender restrooms; a stream overlook; green, casual-use space; and of course new landscaping, site circulation, furnishings, storm water management, parking, public art and historic interpretation elements and signage. Limited utility undergrounding will happen on 27th Street South.
The Park Master Plan determined the major elements that would be included in Jennie Dean Park (diamond fields, courts, playgrounds, shelters, restrooms, public art, casual use space etc.), their general location, and provided guidelines for the look and feel of the park. The County has been working with the community to refine some of the details for these elements as we develop our final design for the park. In April 2019, we shared some draft concepts for the playgrounds, frontage along Four Mile Run Drive, restrooms, materials and site organization. Based on the input we received, we revised the plans to incorporate as much of that great feedback as possible and presented to the community the revised design in July 2019. Based on feedback we received in July, we tweaked the plans again, and shared the final design in November 2019. On November 16, the County Board approved the construction contract for the project as well as a number of land use actions necessary for us to build the park. More information about the contract and land use items can be found here.
As part of this project, artist Mark Reigelman was selected to develop a site-specific public art work that will be integrated into the park renovations. Visit the Public Art Project Page for more information about the public art process.
About the Process
11/19 – On November 16 the County Board approved the construction contract for the project as well as a number of land use actions necessary for us to build the park. More information about the contract and land use items can be found here.
April 6 & 11, 2019: We shared some options for various elements of the new Jennie Dean Park such as the playgrounds, frontage, restrooms and more. We also shared these options with an online feedback tool.
July 13 & 16, 2019: Based on the input we received in April, we revised the plans to incorporate as much of that great feedback as possible and presented the community the revised design at two open houses and an online feedback tool. The revised design also provided some new information about the shelters, historic interpretation and information about the public artist that had been selected to work on the project.
Sept. 3 & 4, 2019: Artist Mark Reigelman visited town to hold an artist talk and office hours where he met with the community to gain inspiration for his work.
Nov. 21 & 23, 2019: We shared the final design for the Jennie Dean Park renovation project and listened as people shared their final thoughts on the project.
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