Historical Archives about Arlington's Parks

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  • January 23, 2015 -- "Booming student population puts Arlington schools at conflict with parks, housing" -- in The Washington Post
  • October 24, 2014 -- "County Board Candidates: Parkland Shouldn’t Be Developed" -- in ArlNow.com
  • Statements from Alan Howze: "I do not support the development of existing parkland for other purposes. Parks are a public good that are available to all members of the community and it is important that we preserve these public spaces." ... "I do not support building on existing parkland, and we need to be looking for solutions that protect parks and recreation space for all residents. This has been my position since Day One."
  • Statement from John Vihstadt: "In my view, Arlington’s 149 parks and our many community/recreation centers are the very essence of “public land for public good” and should be preserved for their intended purpose and adequately maintained. It is both counterintuitive and counterproductive to locate housing, schools, or any other non-parks and recreation-related development on our increasingly precious parkland and recreational sites, and I will work and vote to keep our green space green."
  • October 7, 2014 -- "Public Land for Public Good Comments -- by Suzanne Smith Sundburg, CivFed Revenues & Expenditures Committee
  • October 9, 2014 -- "Civic Federation committee raps outsiders for trying to dictate housing policy" -- on Inside NOVA
  • Sign the petition to SAVE TJ PARK
  • Respondents so far:
  • MESSAGE:
    Dear _____________

    Parks and recreation centers in Arlington are threatened by projects that would convert them to other purposes. Arlington County is currently developing guidelines as part of its "Public Land for Public Good" initiative to determine "how to balance public priorities on County-held land."

    The county is requesting comments on its draft guidelines and the deadline for submitting them is October 31, 2014. More information about the Public Land for Public Good initiative and an online comments form is on the County's web page:

  • Arlington's PLPG page

    To comment on Public Land for Public Good, see

  • >Arlington's PLPG comment form

    Arlington Parks Coalition wa created to preserve our parks and recreation centers for current and future generations. For more information, please see its web site:

  • Arlington Parks Coalition

    To sign the petition, see

  • Arlington Parks Coalition's petition

    Please feel free to contact me by email at _________ or 703-________ if you would like more background regarding the County Manager’s Guidelines and our response or assistance in helping your group respond to the Guidelines.

    Finally, we also want to make you aware that Parks Committee of Arlington County Civic Federation has drafted a resolution strongly advocating preservation of our parks and other public green space and recommending against their development for other purposes. This resolution is scheduled for discussion and decision at the CivFed meeting on Tuesday, November 12, and we will provide you more information shortly. If you want to find out more in the meantime, please contact either Jay Jacob Wind, chairman of CivFed's Parks Committee (703-505-3567, citizensforarlingtonparks@gmail.com) or Mark Antell (202-321-8627, antell_m@verizon.net)

    Please consider a resolution by your organization in favor of the resolution proposed proposed by CivFed Parks & Recreation Committee on May 28, 2014, and subsequently amended.

  • Resources:

  • Arlington Parks Coalition
  • Arlington Parks Coalition's petition
  • Save Thomas Jefferson Park web page
  • June 13, 2014 - Save TJ Park Flyer (PDF)
  • June 13, 2014 - Save TJ Park Flyer en español (DOCX) | DOC
  • Save Thomas Jefferson Park petition (DOC)
  • GMAP of the half-mile running path TJhalf

    Bond Issue history:

  • 2012 Bond Issue Letter
  • 2010 Bond Issue Letter
  • No 2008 bond issue for parks and recreation
  • 2006 Bond Issue Letter
  • 2004 Bond Issue Letter
  • 2002 Bond Issue Letter
  • 1984-2004 Bond Issue data

    Civic Federation resolutions:

  • April 3, 2007 -- Arlington County Civic Federation resolution on Use of Wilson School grounds
  • 2009 - Arlington County Civic Federation resolution on park land acquisition and capital project funding
  • June 2012 - Arlington County Civic Federation resolution regarding the Placement on the November 2012 Ballot of the Bonding Authority for Phase II of Long Bridge Park
  • November 12, 2013 - Arlington County Civic Federation meeting minutes - reaffirming the 2007 resolution re Wilson School Grounds and sending a letter to Arlington County Board
  • 2014 - Arlington County Civic Federation resolution on urging the Arlington County Board and County Manager as well as the Arlington County School Board and Superintendent, in evaluating school locations for development or expansion, to select sites that will minimize the degradation or reduction of existing park, recreation, resource, wildlife and open space

    Arlington County documents:

  • July 24, 2014 - "Arlington County Board to Appoint Working Group for Thomas Jefferson Site"
  • July 19, 2014 - "Arlington County Board Approves Plan to Invest $2.7 Billion Over 10 Years in County Infrastructure"
  • July 16, 2014 - FY 2015 – FY 2024 Proposed CIP Follow-up
  • June 27, 2014 - Letter from Arlington County Parks and Recreation Commission chair Carolyn Haynes to Arlington County Board chair Jay Fissette
  • June 25, 2014 - School Board's Adopted FY2015-FY2024 Capital Improvement Plan
  • County page: Thomas Jefferson Park
  • County page: Stormwater Management Ordinance
  • County page: Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance
  • Current status of facility planning by Arlington Public Schools
  • June 17, 2014 - Chairman Fisette’s comments at County Board meeting on June 17, 2014 (begin at 1:07:25)
  • June 2014 - Update from Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette - states "The County has already removed the eastern end of the campus – often referred to as “TJ Park” - from consideration."
  • December 17, 2013 - Statement from Arlington County Board chair Walter Tejada to instruct the County Manager to  identify the 3-5 publicly-owned sites with the greatest potential for  redevelopment ...  that could incorporate the development of new affordable-housing units  within the next 10 years
  • March 26, 2014 - Arlington Public Schools 2014 Feasibility Studies: Middle & High School Options: Community Meeting #2 | see pp. 18-20 for Jefferson option
  • March 12, 2014 - Arlington Public Schools 2014 CDP/CIP Feasibility Studies for School Board work session | see pp. 64-68 for Career Center
  • April 23, 2014 - Arlington Public Schools 2014 CIP Community Meeting
  • May 13, 2014 - Arlington County press release - Public Land for Public Good
  • May 13, 2014 - Arlington County press release - Arlington County Manager Identifies Potential Public Land Sites for Affordable Housing, Schools
  • May 13, 2014 - Arlington County Manager’s Report: Public Land for Public Good
  • May 13, 2014 - Arlington County Manager's report: Public Land for Public Good - Sites Considered for Affordable Housing and Schools
  • May 13, 2014 - Memorandum from Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan and Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy to Arlington County Board recommending Wilson School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Career Center/Fenwick for consideration
  • Arlington County Bonds: Bonds are used to finance capital improvement projects, such as upgrades to County facilities or park conservation
  • 2005 - Arlington County Public Spaces Master Plan (PSMP) cover page
  • 2005 - PSMP Chapter 1: Past and Present – The Planning Context
  • 2005 - PSMP Appendix J – Public Spaces Inventory (Note: On page 77, the address of Thomas Jefferson Community is incorrect. The correct address is 3501 2nd Street South)
  • 2014 - Arlington County press release - Proposed FY 2015 – FY 2024 CIP

    Newspaper articles:

  • June 17, 2014 - "Plan to build school on Arlington parkland draws protests" - in The Washington Post
  • June 17, 2014 - "Fisette: Decision on new elementary school won’t be rushed - in Inside NoVa
  • June 11, 2014 - Letter: "Protect green space, recreation options as Arlington gets denser" - by Mark Antell, Suzanne Bolton, Katie Elmore, Richard Epstein, and Jay Jacob Wind - in Arlington Sun Gazette

    Other public documents:

  • June 12, 2014 - Letter from Abby Raphael, chair, Arlington School Board
  • June 10, 2014 - Jefferson Middle School PTA Response to Superintendent's Proposed 2015-24 Capital Improvement Plan
  • June 10, 2014 - Statement by Richard Epstein to Arlington County Board at CIP hearing
  • Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE)