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July is Parks & Rec Month

Parks and Recreation Month has been celebrated in July by people all over the United States since 1985 to promote building strong, vibrant, and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. To celebrate, we're sharing a few of our favorite parks and rec projects. The 2023 theme was "Where Community Grows."


This theme perfectly fits our Franklin Park project in Loudoun County, Virginia. Our team at J2 prepared the master plan and rezoning entitlement package for 103 acres adjacent to the current Franklin Park to expand park amenities that cater to the community's growing needs.


Potential future amenities for the enlarged park include equestrian facilities, additional hiking / biking trails, and improved parking and restroom facilities. To read more about the Franklin Park project, click here.


Next up, we're sharing the Westpark Improvements project, which will provide a variety of passive recreational and educational opportunities for the community.


Working hand-in-hand with Loudoun County, J2 has developed a master plan to transform the old Westpark Golf Course into a large passive nature park with eco-friendly elements, such as trails and pedestrian bridges, picnic pavilions, disc golf, educational signage, fishing piers, and a dog park. Fun Fact: The entire property has an existing conservation easement to preserve the natural landscape.


We're excited to see this project come to life as we move forward with the Phase I design work. To learn more about our master planning efforts click here.


Another one of our favorite parks and rec projects is Potomac Yard Park, a 21-acre linear urban park located in the Brownfield development of Potomac Yard along Route 1 in Alexandria, VA.


As Civil Engineer on the project, J2 prepared conceptual site layout studies, zoning tabulations, site layout and grading, parking facilities, water and sanitary sewer layout and design, drainage design, SWM/BMP pond design, boundary plats, erosion and sediment control, and construction specifications.


The park features a unique history as it was the rail hub for the Washington metro region and much of the east coast. The design program includes a 5,400 LF multi-use trail, a series of urban plazas, athletic courts, play equipment, an interactive fountain, and interpretive landscape elements depicting the site’s history. If you're local, be sure to check out this hidden gem!


As a leader in the profession, clients trust our promise to deliver measurable and lasting results – and we do just that with passion and perseverance. At J2, that’s what we call grit. Read more about other J2 projects here.


To find out more about the National Recreation and Park Association and Parks and Rec Month, click here.


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