The National Capital Planning Commission will soon review the submitted plans for DC’s first elevated park. A decade in the making, the vision for the park is being actualized by architectural firm OMA + OLIN.
The renderings show that the park will be the length of three football fields and will be comprised of two see-sawing planes. These planes will create a triangulated park that will feature a play area, café, boat launch, community farm, hammock grove, and amphitheater. There will be several access points to the plaza from an adjacent pedestrian and bike path on the current 11th Street Bridge. Waterfalls on both sides of the bridge, combined with an assortment of native trees will provide a beautiful aesthetic as well as help alleviate air pollution from the roadway.
In Arlington, five arterial streets are being considered for a Complete Streets overhaul. The Neighborhood Complete Streets (NCS) program was established by the Arlington County Board in January 2016 to address safety and access problems on local streets through physical improvement projects. It is designed to add safety features to roadways that improve the experience of pedestrians and cyclists. The changes are usually made in conjunction with repaving projects.
The streets that are up for a makeover later this year are: Wilson Boulevard (N. Larrimore Street to McKinley Road), Potomac Avenue (S. Crystal Drive to Alexandria City Line), Clarendon Boulevard (N. Nash Street to N. Oak Street), N. Lorcom Lane (Old Dominion Drive to N. Taylor Street), and Military Road (Lorcom Lane to Old Dominion Drive).