Opening of Interim Waterfront Park and Interactive Public Art Installation
The Alexandria City Council invites the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the interim Waterfront Park on Saturday, March 30, from 10 to 11 a.m., at 1 King St. The celebration will continue with festivities from 2 to 9 p.m. to mark the opening of Mirror Mirror, a new sound-responsive, interactive public art installation. Events will occur rain or shine.
The new Waterfront Park combines the original King Street Park and Waterfront Park sites with the sites of the former Old Dominion Boat Club building and parking lot to create a seamless transition between Old Town’s historic retail corridor and the water. The interim park features an open plaza, a waterfront promenade, shade structures, and a modular space that can adapt to different purposes throughout the year. In several years, the interim park will close so that flood mitigation infrastructure can be constructed and additional amenities added before the permanent park reopens.
To help activate the space, the City commissioned an original work of public art. Mirror Mirror , created by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos, was inspired by the historic Fresnel lens of Alexandria’s Jones Point Lighthouse. The art responds to sound with illuminated color, bathing visitors in rainbow-hued light as they talk, sing, and play within the installation. The site does not make sound. The installation is the first for Site/See: New Views in Old Town, a new annual series of temporary public art installations in Waterfront Park. It will be on display from March through November 2019.
Interim Park Area Named “Waterfront Park”
On December 15, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to combine the interim site surrounding King Street Park and the existing Waterfront Park into a single park named Waterfront Park. Prior to City Council’s naming decision, its Naming Committee conducted an online survey to seek naming suggestions and feedback on whether the new park should include the existing Waterfront Park or constitute a second, separate park. The Naming Committee held a public hearing on November 15, and City Council held an additional public hearing on December 15.
The new park will serve as the keystone to the revitalization of the Potomac River waterfront in Alexandria. Construction is currently underway to join the original King Street Park site with the sites of the former Old Dominion Boat Club building and parking lot, to create an interim park that will open in early 2019. The interim park will feature an open plaza, a waterfront promenade, shade structures, and a modular space that can adapt to different purposes throughout the year. Several years later, the interim park will close so that flood mitigation infrastructure can be constructed and additional amenities added before the permanent park reopens.
- City Council Public Hearing (December 15, 2018)
- Summary of Public Input Process (November 23, 2018)
- Online Survey Responses (October 9 - November 16, 2018)
- Public Hearing Video (November 15, 2018)
- Letters Received by the Naming Committee
360° Panoramic Renderings
Click the image below to see 360 degree images of existing (photos) and future conditions (renderings) of the park. Construction progress photos will be added periodically.
Site Plan Information
Updated Design Renderings
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March 7, 2018 - Community Meeting
March 15, 2017 - Board of Architectural Review
February 21, 2017 - Waterfront Commission
June 7, 2016 - Planning Commission
May 24, 2016 - City Council
May 18,2016 - Board of Architectural Review-Old and Historic
May 17, 2016 - Commission for the Arts
May 11, 2016 - Old Town Civic Association
April 26, 2016 - Shop Talk
April 5, 2016 - Chamber of Commerce - Government Relations Committee Meeting
April 4, 2016 - AlexEngage Online Feedback
March 21, 2016 - Environmental Policy Commission Meeting
February 16, 2016 - Community Meeting
January 21, 2016 - Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting
January 19, 2016 - Waterfront Commission Meeting
For more information about this project, contact Tony Gammon, at 703.746.4155.
Note: The park is referred to as "Interim Fitzgerald Square" in the video, which was produced prior to the official naming of "Waterfront Park" in December 2018.