OCR is planning a small urban park/civic space in the parking lot at the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC). To gauge community feedback on what kinds of activities and facilities the park should have, OCR invites the community to drop by a “demonstration park” during the Taste of Annandale, Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the right side of the parking lot of the CDC.
The CDC, 7200 Columbia Pike, is directly across the street from the main action of the Taste of Annandale and is hosting a full day of children’s entertainment and events during the festival, such as puppet shows, sing-alongs, and games.
Visitors to the demonstration park will have a chance to review concepts and vote for their favorite design for the proposed, innovative park. There will be fun, family-friendly activities, including a chance to win prizes.
After reviewing feedback from the public, OCR is expected to create a conceptual design for the park by the end of the year. The new park should open in summer 2019.
When the CDC isn’t in session – on weekends and in the evenings – the park space could be expanded for larger events and activities, such as a farmers market or outdoor fitness classes.
The OCR sees this project as a way to improve community engagement in an area that doesn’t have any outdoor public gathering spaces. Ultimately, OCR hopes to spark mixed-use redevelopment in Annandale with a more walkable environment and a network of small urban parks, as envisioned in the Annandale comprehensive plan.