2597 Columbia Pike Arlington, VA 22204
Notice: Penrose Plaza will close every Wednesday from sunrise to 3 p.m. for maintenance and cleaning.
Hours of Operation
Sunrise to sunset
Drinking FountainFree ParkingInteractive Water FeatureMonument
About this Square
The square is approximately 17,000 square feet and is a great place to relax in an urban environment that has a tree terrace with movable tables and chairs.
A massive two-piece sculpture adorns the space. The unique two-piece sculpture, Echo, was created by Richard Deutsch. This piece was inspired by the Three Sisters Radio Towers, formerly located near Columbia Pike and Courthouse Road. Built in 1913 by the Navy as cutting-edge technology, the Towers broadcast the first trans-Atlantic radio signal in 1915, connecting Arlington to the Eiffel Tower. The concave elliptical parabolas carved into each granite reflect monolith reflect and project sound, allowing words spoken into one stone to be heard by listeners at the other. Echo provides a modern interpretation of Arlington’s significant contribution to the history of communication.
Sustainable features include a Biofiltration system underneath the tree terrace for storm water runoff filtration and for enhancement of tree root growth. The water feature utilizes a water recirculation system to conserve the use of water at the site. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day enjoy playing in the water feature.
The community also holds special events in the square, including outdoor movies and dance presentations.