The Friends of Long Bridge Park is a volunteer organization that supports the development of Long Bridge Park. We work with Arlington County, user groups, and individuals to develop and maintain the best park in Arlington. Efforts the group has helped to coordinate include:
Lobbied for a new playground to be built in 2013
Ensured the park’s lights are illuminated correctly
Worked with the County to make LBP parking free on evenings and weekends
Encouraging the development of future phases of LBP
We Need Your Help to Make a Difference! The FoLBP has set a goal to expand our membership and secure community support. By becoming a member, you will receive our bimonthly newsletter and invitations to our events. Businesses will receive advertising space in the newsletter and at FoLBP events. 100% of all monies received are used to support Friends of Long Bridge Park Projects. Your dues may be tax deductible. We are a 501c-3 organization as defined by the IRS. We have three membership categories:
Patron (Individual or business).…...................$100
Benefactor (Individual or business)................$500
Field 1 has Soccer, Men's Lacrosee and Woman's Lacrosse field markings. It is the largest field at LBP and has the most seating.
The field was developed with Marymount University and is the home to their soccer and lacrosse games.
This field is the western (or near Long Bridge Drive) field. The field is set up to go either as one field or as two smaller fields. The field may have small amount of seating.
This field is the eastern (or near the esplande) field. The field is set up to go either as one field or as two smaller fields. The field has a small amount of seating.
Long Bridge Park is located north of Crystal City between I-395 and the George Washington Parkway. The park, which opened in November 2011, has transformed a major brownfield into a high-quality green space and recreational area for Arlington residents and workers. The Washington Smart Growth Alliance has identified development of the park as a top conservation priority. The park features three full-size, multi-sport, lighted synthetic turf athletic fields; a network of walkways; an overlook at the north end with views of U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument; a "wave arbor" public art feature; and a three-quarter acre rain garden that directs runoff from the park's sports fields and parking lot into a planted garden of native shrubs and perennials. The park also offers picnic areas, interpretive displays, restrooms and on-site parking. The park's unifying feature is its Esplanade, an elevated public space that runs parallel to the adjacent railroad tracks. Here park visitors are able to stroll, bike, watch trains and airplanes, participate in festivals, or just relax under the shade of flowering trees while enjoying amazing views of the Potomac River and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary.
What is Long Bridge Park (LBP)? LBP is a new, multi-use Arlington County park. It is located off I-395, opposite the Pentagon. What is being built and actively planned? Phase 1a consists of three, lighted, world-class athletic fields and several passive amenities. It is under construction now and will open in Fall 2011. Phase 1b is a comprehensive aquatics, health and fitness facility. Other phases will follow to complete development of the park. Are there environmental issues? LBP is a former industrial site. As such, there were contamination issues. But the County developed and implemented a very aggressive remediation plan for Phase 1a (approved by VA Dept of Environmental Quality). A like commitment applies to any contamination found at the Phase 1b site.
What is mission statement of the Friends? Friends of Long Bridge Park (FoLBP) is a citizens' group dedicated to supporting, improving and further developing Long Bridge Park, Arlington's newest public park and recreational open space.
FoLBP is devoted to:
*Working with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources to improve, promote, and interpret Long Bridge Park
*Supporting the development of additional recreational facilities planned for the park
*Co-sponsoring and facilitating park events
*Developing programs to encourage diverse uses of the park and foster a sense of community
*Recruiting volunteers to support park activities, programs and workdays
*Educating the public about the park�s development, history and environmental restoration
*Creating a forum for the park's constituents and multiple user groups
To find out more about the Friends of Long Bridge Park, you can download our flyer.