300 N. Park Drive
Community meetings focused on visioning and design were held beginning in 2015 and through 2017 on the following dates to help shape the facility and amenities included. Meeting dates are below:
- Visioning Sessions : April 2015
- Community Meeting #1: February 2017
- Community Meeting #2: March 2017
- Community Meeting #3: May 2017
- Community Meeting #4: July 2017
- Community Meeting #5: February 2018
The project is moving in to the transition phase. The Department of Parks and Recreation plans to close the community center in early July, as preparations for construction begin. Department of Parks and Recreation staff, and programming will be moving to new locations beginning in May 2018. The Office of Senior Adult Programs will be relocating to the Madison Community Center. Senior Adult program, and trip registrations will take place on-site at Madison beginning May 25th . The current Lubber Run Creative Preschool will finish the school-year at Lubber Run, and will relocate to the Langston-Brown Community Center in mid-June. The pre-school will return to Lubber Run when the center re-opens. Tot summer camps previously held at Lubber Run will transition to Langston-Brown too.
The Kids-In-Action Afterschool Program will finish the school year at Lubber Run, and will then transition to the Barrett Elementary Extended Day Program, beginning school year 2018-2019. Moving forward, there will be a program assessment completed to determine if the program will be revitalized in the new Lubber Run Community Center.
Start Date for Construction: 4th Quarter 2018
End Date for Construction: 2020 (Projected)
About the Project
The final community meeting of its kind was held on Wednesday, February 28th 2018 to present the final Community Center, and park designs. The New Lubber Run will include an indoor running-track, and be constructed as “Net-Zero Ready”, meaning that the building will be prepared to have photovoltaic panels installed down-the-road. See the final community presentation here .
The Arlington County Board endorsed the conceptual design for the replacement of Lubber Run Community Center and Park at its September 2017 meeting. They also approved the construction manager at-risk contract to MCN Build. The Board’s approval allow the VMDO and MCN Build to complete the design and build the facility.
Community input shaped Center design
The final design reflects community input since the Board approved a $37 million contract in July 2017 to build the center and park. Staff worked with VMDO architects, the County’s designer of the center to integrate these changes while maintaining the core functionality of the building and park. Based on feedback, the west wing of the new building has been further reduced by 20 ft., for a total reduction of 50 ft. from the original scheme presented in May 2017. The playground and park amenities were finalized based on community feedback over summer 2017.
Optimizing green space
The new building will provide programs for youth, adults and seniors including a pre-school, senior center, gymnasium, and fitness center and multi-purpose rooms for recreation programming and community use. It also will house about 70 Department of Parks and Recreation employees and provide one level of structured parking. The building design optimizes the site’s green space and preserves as many existing trees as possible.
Sustainable materials and systems
The building will include sustainable materials and systems. The project’s architect recently designed Arlington Public School’s Discovery School and will use their experience with sustainability design features in the Lubber Run project. The County Board directed staff to find a path forward for net zero energy consumption.
On July 19, 2016 the County Board adopted the FY 2017 – 2026 Capital Improvement Plan and confirmed the scope of the Lubber Run Community Project. Learn more about the CIP and 2016 Bond Referendum.
The project originally was approved in the Fiscal Year 2015-2024 Capital Improvement Plan with a budget of $28 million. The County’s decision to substantially increase the site’s green space by undergrounding a large surface parking lot, in keeping with the 2015 Community Facilities Study findings and recommendations, to add a gymnasium, and to replace outdoor park amenities increased the total budget and funding to $47.86 million.
Funding for the Lubber Run Community Center replacement is available from bond funding approved by Arlington County voters in the November 2016 referenda.