Towers Park Design Poll

June 4, 2012 | By

The courts at Towers Park have reached the end of their useful life and are in need of replacement.  As part of Arlington County Maintenance Capital Program, funding for improvements was approved by the County Board for FY2013.  Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation has prepared two design concepts based a comments received by park users and is seeking your input to determine which design to construct.

The main difference between the two designs is the placement of the practice courts.  Design A (the first design) has the practice courts on the other side of all courts.  Design B has the practice courts just about where they are today.

Improvements on both designs include:

  • Professional surfaces
  • Regulation size (much larger footprint)
  • Modern lighting (like you see at the newer parks)
  • More gates

  1. Ryan on Mar 5, 9:28 pm

    I think the surfaces should be clay. Arlington needs clay courts to develop more well-rounded players.

  2. Dave on Aug 14, 3:51 pm

    Also, please have some benches near the trees.

  3. Dave on Aug 14, 3:50 pm

    Option A is better since it has more practice wall space. I echo everyone’s comment regarding restrooms. Regarding trees…taking down a tree to make a better facility is a small price to pay; I’m sure Earth will find another to grow. But having trees where people are likely to wait for courts would be nice especially during the daytime…few people want to wait in the sun.

  4. Michael J. Grace on Jun 24, 10:48 am

    If Option A provides more practice courts, then ACTA should advocate it. More broadly, we need more outdoor tennis courts in Arlington. How can we convince the Arlington County Board to fund more courts?

  5. jll on Jun 5, 12:49 pm

    Plan B. It makes no sense to go to all this expense and not include bathrooms.

  6. Gytis on Jun 5, 11:38 am

    Option B is better only because more shrubs and trees are preserved as this is a park afterall. For me the most important thing is the concrete wall/divider between the courts and the dog area. I hope they finally build a real fence instead of just the screens as the smell and noise can be unbearable.

  7. Sherri on Jun 5, 6:07 am

    Agree on the bathrooms–would be nice to have real bathrooms. My understanding on option A is that trees would have to come down, which isn’t popular with local residents. Although I always like to see improvements in tennis facilities, I would defer to people who actually live near there and use the park regularly. If they want to preserve as much of their park and trees as possible, then perhaps option B is the better choice.

  8. cpt on Jun 4, 8:34 pm

    I agree, where are the restrooms? Option A is better.

  9. Alex on Jun 4, 4:54 pm

    I like option B in that people waiting for courts or partners can use the practice walls without walking around the backside of the courts.
    Also, I’d like to see bathrooms.