In October 2017, the City will start construction on new Cherry Hill Park playground facilities. The purpose of this project is to provide our community's youth with a safe, accessible, and exciting playground at our most popular park, and to facilitate the development of their physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills.
To help the public visualize the new playground layout, staff from the City's Public Works and Recreation and Parks teams have staked out where the new playground's footprint using pink and green ribbons. The City invites the community to view the layout from Friday, September 29 through Friday, October 6, 2017.
Get a sneak peek of the new playground facilities and layout, courtesy of Recreation and Parks Director Danny Schlitt and City Arborist Kate Reich.
The Recreation and Parks Department collected community input via meetings, suggestion boxes, and even informal focus groups with elementary school students!
The community expressed a need for more swings and play equipment that would interest older children. They also preferred equipment that more children can play on versus themed equipment that would not be able to accommodate as many children at the same time.
To accommodate additional swings, more equipment, and considering damage to trees in the park, the play equipment has shifted towards the volleyball court and an accessible pathway will lead from the back of the parking lot, across the park just in front of the volleyball court and to the playground. As part of the site plan process, several factors were considered to include public comments, protection of trees, stormwater runoff, and accessibility/slope.
For more information and current updated playground design, download the project flyer (PDF). The video below shows the most current design as of March 2017.
October 2016: Public Meeting
March 2017: Public Meeting
March 2017: Council Authorization to contract with Cunningham Associates
September 2017: Site Plan Completed
September 2017: Layout mapped for community visual
Anticipated - October 9-13: Prepare for replacement of equipment – installation of construction access and removal of some trees
Anticipated - October 16: Playground replacement work begins (6-8 week process)
Anticipated - December 2017: Grand Re-Opening/Ribbon Cutting
For questions or comments on this project, please call 703-248-5027 (TTY 711).
Cherry Hill Park has been described as the “crown jewel” of the City’s park system and as such it helps define the community. The park is invaluable to the City, as it is indeed the center of, and focal point for, most of the City’s special events and activities. It is the most heavily used park in the City of Falls Church because of its central location and many amenities.
For more information about the Cherry Hill Park Master Plan, click here.
For more information about Cherry Hill Farmhouse, click here.