The Arlington County Board on Saturday approved the final housekeeping measures necessary to open the new Henry Wright Park at Buckingham Commons Village I later this summer.
The 2.3-acre, oval park has a fenced playground, a water fountain, picnic and game tables and grassy fields. The county issued bonds in 2009 and 2011 to cover the $14.8 million price tag that came with acquiring the park, which is at 4350 4th St. N.
The park, designed for children age 2 to 12, is expected to open in August, according to a county news release.
Arlington-based Paradigm Development Co. worked with the county to design the park and will be responsible for its ongoing maintenance.
“Henry Wright Park brings much-needed open space to Buckingham Commons Village I,” Board Chairwoman Mary Hynes said in a statement. “Through a public/private partnership with Paradigm, the County has found a cost-effective way to ensure that this beautiful park is well taken care of so that generations of Arlington children have a safe, attractive place to come together, exercise and play.”
The park is named for Henry Wright, the chief architect of the historic Buckingham Commons Village I apartments, the news release states.
The park is surrounded by 506 apartments, 100 of which are obligated to remain "affordable" for decades, the release states.