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Arlington Board OKs $524K for Fort Myer Heights Park Improvements

Construction should begin early next year.

The Arlington County Board on Saturday unanimously approved spending up to about $524,000 to reconstruct the playground at the Fort Myer Heights Park and to make the park more accessible to people with disabilities.

The half-acre park, at 1400 Fort Myer Heights Drive, already is home to basketball and volleyball courts, a picnic area and grassy field. Those amenities will remain, and new plantings will be dispersed throughout the park.

The reconstructed playground will feature a "natural look," according to a county news release. Play equipment, for instance, will be designed to look like trees and wood to better blend in with the surrounding community.

County staff began working with the surrounding community on the park redesign in July 2011.

"This is a much-needed makeover for a much-used park," Arlington County Board Chairwoman Mary Hynes said in a statement. "Working together, the neighborhood and County staff came up with a design plan that will provide a unique play experience for Arlington kids, while minimizing the visual impact on the neighborhood and preserving as much open space as possible."

Construction should begin early next year and last about five months. The park will remain open during construction; the playground won't.

The board awarded the construction contract to Springfield-based Avon Corp.

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