Discovering Long Bridge Park

Last summer, as I was nearing the end of my photo-a-day project (or rather, its extension after the workshop ended), I ventured across the bridge to Arlington, Virginia with a friend from the class. We were exploring the Crystal City/Rosslyn area, which consists primarily of large office and apartment buildings centered around the Crystal City Metro stop. Sarah wanted to check out some galleries, but afterwards we walked around and eventually stumbled onto the Long Bridge Park area.
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The park, which has three full-size, large athletic fields and an elevated walkway planted on either side with native perennials, is near I-395. The walkway offers views of the Potomac River and flights taking off from National Airport.

The walkway over Long Bridge Park offers views of the National Monument.

The walkway over Long Bridge Park offers views of the National Monument.

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Joe Pye Weed and other native perennials line the walkway, which also serves as a running destination for local residents

County residents have authorized a bond offering that would help fund a large aquatic center, but the County Board recently shelved plans as construction bids came in too high. Nonetheless, the athletic fields apparently are quite popular. And as we wound up our walk in downtown Crystal City, we found the other end of the Park’s offerings, a beautiful ‘water wall’ installation that helped cool us off on a hot July afternoon.

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These water walls and plantings (looked like feather reed grass to me!) in the downtown area of the park help provide green space for all the surrounding office buildings.

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4 Comments on “Discovering Long Bridge Park”

  1. Lynne Church Says:

    Melissa just wanted you to know I couldn’t get into your post. A gremlin is afoot. Lynne

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  2. Serena Says:

    How interesting, Melissa! That is a park I have not seen, and love the idea of looking back at the city from another viewpoint.

  3. Greenwich Says:

    What a beautiful sight of a park! If I had this by my part of the city, I would be out there a lot. A stroll or a jog alone or with company would be great here. And look at the well maintained plant life. It’s awesome, really.

    • Melissa Says:

      Isn’t that the truth! I think we visited at an unusually quiet time for the space. It’s so nice to have a usable, beautiful green space in a densely developed urban area.


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