FRONT ENTRANCE FACELIFT
When Arlington was opened in 1934, the front door to the new memorial park was the Compton Road main gates and its landscaped parkway-like thoroughfare leading to the interior of the park and the various gardens. A contemporary design at the time, it received new embellishments from time to time including the installation of what became and yet remains the dominant feature, a replica of the statuary work by renowned sculptor Bertel Thorvaldson called the “Christus.”
Over the years, seasons and time have degraded both the functionality and the optics of the “gateway to Arlington” requiring Arlington’s leaders to respond with a major landscape facelift. Improving the flow of traffic entering and exiting the park is one imperative while adding interesting new designs and features is another. New roadway designs, gates, pillars, signage, and then tying the front entrance to the area adjacent to Whispering Winds with new water features are also included in the re-design.
When you arrive at Arlington through the Main Entrance from Compton Road, you’ll noticed the first traces of the impending work that is underway as overgrowth of vegetation and declining tress behind the existing stone balustrade is systematically being removed. As this project moves forward, our ultimate goal, as always in everything we do, is to improve the experience for those who visit our grounds and facilities. In the process of making these improvements, there may be some unavoidable inconveniences – something we apologize for in advance. As the very first phase of the 2- or 3-year project kicks-off in mid-September, we’ll do everything we can to minimize disruption to traffic for visitors or for those attending services of any kind within the gardens. Let us know if you have any difficulties that seem excessive – we’re always interested in feedback!