Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Parkway Suite 755
Fairfax, VA 22035

Suzie Battista, AICP,
Chief, Urban Centers Section

Urban Parks

Urban Parkland Standard

The Parks and Recreation guidance in the Comprehensive Plan for Tysons Corner (PDF) includes an urban park standard of 1.5 acres per 1,000 residents and 1 acre per 10,000 employees. Parkland can be publicly owned, privately owned, or provided through public-private partnerships. Creative urban park initiatives may include rooftop parks, unique programming areas, recreation facilities and program space provided within commercial buildings, redevelopment at nearby existing parks, and forging new park-provider partnerships. With any of these creative approaches, visual and physical accessibility to the public is essential.

Urban Parks Typology

The Urban Parks Framework for Fairfax County includes four distinct types of urban parks: pocket parks, common greens, civic plazas, and recreation focused urban parks. The four urban park types span a continuum of purposes, uses, sizes and features that can flexibly accommodate a broad spectrum of recreational and leisure pursuits in Tysons. A distinction is made between urban parks that align with the typology and urban design elements such as streetscape areas, transit plazas, sidewalk cafes, commercial entertainment venues, and retail browsing areas.

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