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From Brownfield to Playing Fields

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, June 7, 2019
1. From Brownfield to Playing Fields Marker
Inscription.  This small piece of land has a long history of light industrial use: brickyards, construction, a service station, and a scrapyard. When Arlington acquired the property, the County entered the site into the Voluntary Remediation Program, allowing state oversight of the cleanup process to ensure the site's safety for recreational use.

Bricks from the West Brothers Brick Company (pictured here around 1935) were used in the Pentagon, the Capitol and the White House. West Brothers was one of many companies to use this land as a brickyard.

You can see some light industrial use of the land in this 1999 aerial view of the future Long Bridge Park site.

The County removed heavily contaminated soil from the site. The remaining soil was isolated in designated Placement Zones and covered with up to two feet of clean fill dirt to further safeguard park visitors.
 
Location. 38° 52.005′ N, 77° 2.742′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from Long Bridge Drive east of 6th Street South
From Brownfield to Playing Fields Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 7, 2019
2. From Brownfield to Playing Fields Marker
, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington VA 22202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Long Bridge Park: A Community Space (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Historic Junction (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Runyon (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Defenses of Washington (approx. mile away); Known Units Garrisoned at Fort Runyon (approx. mile away); Fort Runyon after the Civil War (approx. mile away); The March Across the Long Bridge (approx. mile away); The Union Soldier (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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