1109 N. Barton St.
Start Date: January 2013
Completed: April 2014
About the Project
Background: Pay-As-You-Go and park bond funds were allocated for the reconstruction of the playground and field, the provision of accessible walkways, as well as associated grading and drainage improvements and landscaping. In addition, Neighborhood Conservation Program (NC) funding was approved for the reconstruction of two basketball courts and lighting of the courts in 2010.
Phase I Progress
Construction began in January 2013 at the lower end of the park and has been steadily moving upwards towards the North Barton Street end of the park. As of October 2013, construction is approximately 75 percent complete. The retaining walls and the majority of drainage, earthwork lighting and pavements have been installed. In the coming months as we push towards completion of the project, the field will be completed, playground areas and the picnic shelter will be constructed, and landscaping will be installed.
Recently, the old restroom structure was demolished with the Phase I construction activities. The restroom was originally slated for removal with the Phase II park construction improvements, but it was more efficient and cost effective to complete the demolition now during the current Phase I construction. The demolition was paid for by Phase II funding.
Phase II Labyrinth Construction Begins
The Phase II improvements at Rocky Run include the restroom replacement, accessibility improvements at the upper park area, and the installation of a labyrinth and healing garden in Barton Park. The labyrinth was formerly located at the Whitman-Walker Clinic and was donated to Arlington when the facility closed in 2009. In early October, a corps of volunteers in coordination with County staff began reconstructing the labyrinth in Barton Park just north of the community garden.
Please refer to the Rocky Run Phase II project website for more information.
Other News at Rocky Run Park
The “skateable” art feature previously designed in Phase I design development and planned for installation with the Phase II construction activities has been removed from the project. During the final drawing development of the art feature, it was determined that the artistic expression and functionality of the sculpture could not be effectively realized. That area will instead feature a sculpted lawn and shade trees.
Construction for the Phase I improvements began in late January 2013. The project remains on schedule with anticipated completion in early winter 2014.
The Phase II work will be completed in different phases and on different schedules:
- Completion of the labyrinth construction is anticipated by the middle of November 2013. Planting will be coordinated with volunteers and take place in spring 2014.
- County Board has approved the award of contract for the construction of the new restroom this April.
- Construction of the restroom and remaining Phase II improvements are expected to begin in summer 2014.
2010 Pay-As-You-Go, park bond funds and the NC Program.