KING STREET GARDENS PARK FOUNDATION, Inc.

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Additional information may be found at the City of Alexandria’s Parks and Recreation web page.

To expand on this page, we have included more details regarding the history of the park and the explanation on the design’s symbolism and meaning.

The King Street Gardens Park Foundation, Inc. (“KSGPF”) has been set up to help enhance, maintain and improve King Street Gardens Park, an outdoor art project and public park located in Alexandria, Virginia.  King Street Gardens Park is a small park located in a dense urban space near hotels, office buildings, the local train station and a Metro stop.  The park is designed around a large metal sculpture, hanging gardens and sunken gardens, all of which are intended to provide references to historic aspects of the site.  Specifically, the sculpture is intended to evoke a ship’s prow, a plow, or a tri-cornered hat.  The sunken garden, and plantings therein, are intended to reference the wetlands that originally existed on the site.  The hanging garden is intended to suggest the Victorian era trellised gardens that existed in Old Town, Alexandria and the change in the street grid originally laid out by George Washington. 

 

The park was planned to further public appreciation for “live-in” and outdoor art and to serve as a place for outdoor concerts and general public enjoyment.  Individuals on the Board of Directors showcased the park on a tour for the Americans for the Arts conference and convention held in nearby Washington, D.C.  They presented the history, background and process resulting in the park as a model urban improvement and outdoor arts project.

Photo courtesy of Tisara Photography

History

 

King Street Gardens Park was the result of an international art design competition sponsored by the City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Park and Recreation Commission.  The project was built on City-owned land in an urban site adjacent to a Metro station in Alexandria, Virginia.  The competition was won by a team of artists from Seattle, Washington.  The entire process was open for public review and comment.  See attached drawings and site plan, which were prepared in advance of the project’s construction.      

 

Initial fundraising for the creation of the park was achieved through contributions from the public, grant awards from the Virginia Department of Transportation through the Federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act grant program, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, developers with land surrounding the site and the City of Alexandria.  Volunteers on the King Street Gardens Park Committee and the local business organization, the King Street Metro Enterprise Team (KSMET), raised funds through the sale of signature bricks and other commemorative elements in the park. 

 

Present

 

The City of Alexandria schedules lunch time and evening music entertainment and other free events for the public at the park.  KSMET, in collaboration with the City of Alexandria, schedules a series of  not-for-profit dinners, entitled “Supper Under the Stars”, with live music at the parkSee attached photographs depicting a representative dinner and concert. 

 

The City maintains the park and basic ongoing landscaping; however, this has proven expensive and there are likely to be limited City funds for supplemental maintenance and improvements to the park (including better lighting and irrigation systems).

 

The KSGPF has been created to foster continuation of the active urban outdoor arts place and to provide a vehicle to obtain contributions (commemorative and non-commemorative) for further enhancement and beautification of the park.   KSGPF is also working with the City and other non-profits to help organize arts, community celebrations and other public activities at the park.   KSGPF will advise the City on using the park for the promotion of the arts.  KSGPF is further working to establish an informative program for citizens and tourists regarding the relationship of the design elements of the art to the historic and environmental aspects of the site.  Additionally, KSGPF plans to assist in developing educational tools to communicate to other cities the process that has resulted in the realization of the art project so that they might do the same.  KSGPF is also planning to search out and apply for additional grants for different arts and cultural programs. 

 

KSGPF will continue to collaborate with the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, other City departments, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the Alexandria Arts Forum, the King Street Metro Task Force, surrounding neighborhood citizen associations, and members of the former King Street Gardens Park Committee.

Photo courtesy of the Alexandria Parks & Rec web site

Photo courtesy of Tisara Photography