The Founders Park Community Association welcomes you to Founders Park!
Founders Park is a peaceful riverside park in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. It is near the shops and restaurants of King Street, the Alexandria Marina and the Torpedo Factory.
It is a popular urban green space where the public can stroll along the shore, enjoy the beautiful river vistas, walk their dogs, play volleyball, have a picnic, and enjoy the tranquility of this wonderful site. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the fresh air and the natural beauty of the river.
Founders Park was created in 1978 through the efforts of a small group of residents along Queen, Quay, Princess and Union Streets who opposed a plan to build an apartment complex of four 18-story towers at the site. If were not for their strong opposition to the proposed development, Founders Park would not exist today.
The City of Alexandria maintains Founders Park as a passive park; private events are not permitted and no one can reserve any part of the park. While informal events may be held in the park they cannot interfere with others enjoyment of the park. The Alexandria Waterfront Small Area Plan recognizes the Founders Park’s special role on the waterfront and preserves the current use and character of the park.
Founders Park Community Association
Founders Park Community Association (FPCA) was incorporated in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving and maintaining Founders Park and the quality of life in the Founders Park Area. FPCA works with the City of Alexandria and other civic groups to protect, preserve, and improve Founders Park’s beautiful green space and to maintain its designation as a passive park. FPCA members hold informative monthly get-togethers and park clean-ups (continuing a tradition begun nearly 35 years ago) and two annual events – their annual meeting in the Spring and an annual block party at Quay Street in the Fall.
Board Members (2016-2017)
- Howard Bergman, President
- Jeff Lipsky, Vice President
- Scott Semple, Treasurer
- Susan Howells, Secretary
- Stella Covre
- Greg Golubin
- Bridgett Taylor
- Jeanne Caruso Theismann
- Chris Wilson