Penrose Square Park


Penrose Square Park

LocationArlington, VA
ClientArlington County Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
ServicesSite Design, Construction Documentation, Construction Administration, Public Participation
Site Area0.75 ac (0.30 ha)
Budget$2 million USD (Phase I)
$1.5 million USD (Phase II est.)
Date2008 - 2012

OCULUS led a team of consultants to design Penrose Square Park. This urban plaza represents the first major step in the implementation of the Columbia Pike Corridor Concept Plan, a long-term planning effort in Arlington County. OCULUS collaborated extensively with adjacent communities, county officials, and a public artist to develop the Penrose Square Park as a flexible urban space that can accommodate a wide range of activities. OCULUS also consulted on the design of adjacent pedestrian-oriented streetscapes.

The design incorporates features to activate the plaza year-round. The central stone plaza can accommodate community fairs, art exhibits, performances, and everyday use. The plaza also incorporates an interactive water feature that provides a play area for children. Movable tables and chairs within a shady grove of honey locusts provide a space for casual gatherings of nearby residents and workers. An interactive sculpture, Echo by Richard Deutsch, provides additional interest.

Phase I construction of Penrose Square Park was completed in fall 2012. Phase II will nearly double the size of the park and will incorporate additional planting, an enlarged plaza, and the reconfigured sculpture.