Photo by BeyondDC on Flickr.

New York’s High Line has become the darling of American parks, but did you know Rosslyn has been home to a similar elevated linear park for fifteen years?

Freedom Park covers approximately two blocks of an elevated roadway that was closed to traffic in 1996. From then until 2008 it was considered part of the Newseum, and featured museum exhibits along its route.

When the Newseum moved to Pennsylvania Avenue, Freedom Park was turned over to private land owner Monday Properties, and converted to operate as a plaza.

Compared to the High Line, Freedom Park is small and bare. Rather than a gathering place for one of America’s densest residential neighborhoods, Freedom Park is primarily used as a lunch plaza by workers in Rosslyn’s many office buildings. But although it is less famous, our local elevated park is a nonetheless a fascinating urban place, and worth a visit if you’re in the neighborhood.

A slide show of the park is below, or see the photos with commentary in a thread at SkyscraperPage forum.

Cross-posted at BeyondDC.

Dan Malouff is a transportation planner for Arlington and an adjunct professor at George Washington University. He has a degree in urban planning from the University of Colorado and lives in Trinidad, DC. He runs BeyondDC and contributes to the Washington Post. Dan blogs to express personal views, and does not take part in GGWash's political endorsement decisions.