The Arlington County Board has unanimously voted to approve a master plan and design guidelines for the 2.47-acre public park. Metropolitan Park’s renovations are part of Amazon’s community benefits package and will be a $14 million project.
The project intends to bring in mature trees and other park foliage to create a lush atmosphere. Some new amenities include a café terrace, an edible garden and a central green space for community activities. The project’s landscape architect firm is James Corner Field Operations. One of the challenges is to maintain access to other buildings and to preserve street parking in the area when construction begins atop existing subterranean garages.
The Arlington County Board adopted the first phase of Amazon HQ2 development for the park last December. It, along with Amazon’s new East Coast headquarters, are slated to open in 2023.
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