River Park, opened in 1962, is a mid-century modern cooperative housing project of townhomes and an apartment block built by the Reynolds Aluminum Corporation as a way to showcase aluminum as a building material. The complex was built as part of Southwest Washington’s urban renewal efforts in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The community was designed by architect Charles M. Goodman and landscape architect Eric Paepcke, who also did work in Hollin Hills. Today, River Park it is undergoing a major renovation of its lobby (more on that in another post) and landscape, which has been dominated by concrete.
Landscape architecture firm Lea|Siri, according to this recent article by Shawn Cornelius in the Southwester, says the plan is one that “envisions a landscape at River Park that is more environmentally conscious, improves the quality and aesthetics of the grounds while recognizing and protecting the original design intent, and provides outdoor amenities that support community-wide activities and informal gatherings.”
Once the project is done, the article says “River Park’s landscape will feature an expanded playground and lawn; a larger community picnic area with tables, grills, and shade trees; a renovated courtyard with universal accessibility and enlarged planters; additional seating in key areas of the campus for greater use of the outdoor spaces; new shade and flowering trees in uniform groupings to support the original design intent and to provide more seasonal interest; and a more welcoming and unified feel throughout the community.”
Here is a collection of current homes for sale in River Park.