Friends of AH Parks

Working together to give a voice to our parks in Aurora Highlands near Pentagon City.

Save our limited park land, grow it and make it more reflective of our neighborhood’s age-diverse needs.

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Friends of Aurora Highlands Parks is awarded Civic Federation’s Certification of Appreciation for Outstanding Civic Engagement and Community Service. April 2017

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We are deeply honored to receive this award on behalf of the Friends of the Aurora Highlands Parks from the Civic Federation. We are proud of our work in our neighborhood parks and throughout Arlington on issues that directly impact our community backyards.

Thank you to everyone who supports us! This is for you

Chair, Kari Klaus, and co-chair, Stacy Meyer, receiving Civic Federation’s award.

Civic Federation‘s speech regarding FoAHP’s work.

 Newest Content

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Friends of Aurora Highlands Parks’ advocacy is featured in Arlington Magazine article titled “Turf Wars.”

Arlingtonian – July 2017 – Turf Wars


Drainage Issues at Nelly Custis Park and Virginia Highlands Parks.

A short and informative presentation and video clips of the severe drainage issues that are occurring in our parks. Increasing the amount of impervious and semi-impervious spaces (i.e. cement, astro-turf…) while decreasing plantings continues to create issues and damage to our parks and trees. There are concerns that environmental assessments and oversight are not being conducted, in the name of “maintenance” projects.  These assessments would help ensure that these drainage issues are being addressed properly.

Shirlington Dog Park

  • Despite earlier concept plans shown in March to the working group and public, recently County staff has made a set of different recommendations.
  • Shirlington Dog Park Could Shrink Under County Plan by Chris Teale — May 22, 2017 at 4:45 pm  ARLnow article
  • Update on the Shirlington Dog Park & the 4 Mile Run Valley Project View Most recent project plans here.
  • The latest concept plans have more or less reassured the concerned residents that the Shirlington Dog Park will remain in tact. View the 3 concept plans here and more information about attending the public working group meetings and updates.


Preserving and growing parkland and green spaces. Balancing park use for all ages and uses. Working together to give a stronger voice for our parks in Aurora Highlands.


  • Preserve existing parkland; identify and counter proposals to use parkland for other purposes.
  • Increase awareness and participation in the neighborhood for park advocates.
  • Identify opportunities to add more natural tree-filled parkland in Aurora Highlands.
  • Promote balance in park use and improvement/expansion recommendations to ensure that the needs of our age-diverse populations are met with the proper mix of playgrounds, courts, athletic fields, and un-programmed open green space and natural areas.
  • Continue to work closely with Arlington Parks Coalition to inform residents of the importance of protecting our parks.



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