Rosslyn’s Major Community Planning Initiatives
Located in the heart of Rosslyn, Gateway Park provides respite, connecting over 12,000 residents, 30,000 employees, and countless visitors to nature. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of prioritizing our public parks and open spaces to support the health and well-being of our community, particularly in dense urban communities.
With the goal of redesigning this under-utilized jewel within Arlington’s Park system, the County is planning to advance Gateway Park’s long-awaited Master Planning & Visioning efforts. This process will include robust community engagement opportunities intended to help guide the County’s future vision, project phasing, and design concepts for this three-acre park space.
As the County advances toward Gateway Park’s longer-term construction activities, the Rosslyn BID will remain committed to hosting seasonal programing, piloting creative adaptive reuses, and implementing shorter-term enhancements, such as the Interim Dog Park, to activate this public amenity and create a more welcoming “Gateway” into Arlington County!
Arlington County's Transportation Division, in partnership with the Rosslyn BID, conducted the Core of Rosslyn Transportation Study to examine the feasibility and potential impacts of permanent changes to Rosslyn’s street network. The study’s primary goal was to improve safety and accessibility for all users walking, biking, using transit, and driving.
In 2019, after two years of thorough analysis and public engagement, County staff finalized the study’s Preferred Alternative. This study out a set of projects to be built by 2030 that will further enhance Rosslyn’s walkability and advance the neighborhood’s multimodal transportation vision outlined in the Rosslyn Sector Plan.
Did you know it is a 12-minute walk from the Rosslyn Metro to Theodore Roosevelt Island? It has been a longtime goal of the County to increase access to the Potomac River, one of the area's most treasured natural resources. The National Park Service (NPS), in coordination with Arlington County, have agreed to analyze a proposed community boathouse and related facilities which would offer the public direct access to waterfront, recreation activities, and educational opportunities in Rosslyn.
Acknowledging the monumental responsibility of planning Arlington’s waterfront, Arlington County is planning to kick off a robust community engagement process to further evaluate the site’s potential uses, users, and design consideration with the ultimate goal of expanding river access for all Arlingtonians. The proposed site’s proximity to Arlington’s regional trail network and Rosslyn’s multimodal transportation hub, would also make this site a convenient and accessible destination for the broader DC Metro area to visit!
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