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Art, nature, and community: Explore Metropolitan Park

By Luke Fichter

Embark on a journey through Metropolitan Park, where the convergence of art, nature, and community creates an enriching experience unlike any other. This 2.5-acre oasis is more than just a green space—it's a vibrant hub of creativity and connection.

As you wander through the park, you'll encounter captivating public art installations that ignite the imagination and inspire wonder. From the whimsical "Shhh" by Aurora Robson, with its glowing 3-D printed mushrooms encouraging quiet reflection, to the powerful tribute of "Queen City" by Nekisha Durrett, honoring Arlington's rich heritage, each piece tells a story and invites exploration.

But the artistry doesn't stop there; Metropolitan Park is also home to a natural play oasis, designed in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations. Here, children and caregivers alike can immerse themselves in the biophilic design of the playground structures, nestled among trees, boulders, and planting beds. Shaded spaces and integrated seating options offer comfort, while the overall layout fosters endless opportunities for open-ended play and development.

The park is home to a variety of seasonal activities too, including Fit @ Met – a free, instructor-led exercise class – and Jazz @ Met – an outdoor concert series. These classes offer the community an opportunity to break a sweat and embrace the beauty of the outdoors.

Metropolitan park also offers a lineup of enticing eateries and retail spots. From the beloved Good Company, offering over 40 varieties of freshly made delights, to the mouthwatering Peruvian Brothers dishing up authentic cuisine like Pan con Chicharrón, the culinary scene is rich and diverse. Meanwhile, retail gems like Conte's Bike Shop and GLO30 bring their own unique flavors to the mix. Whether you're craving a healthy açai bowl from South Block or a scoop of Toby's Ice Cream's homemade delights, Metropolitan Park is waiting to be explored.

With more than 160 varieties of native plants adorning the landscape and thoughtful design elements throughout, the park is not just a destination but a vital part of National Landing. Its positive impact extends beyond its borders, enriching the Greater DC area as a central public space for residents and visitors alike. Come and experience the magic of Metropolitan Park—a place where art, nature, and community come together in perfect harmony.