I've worked in Rosslyn on and off for about 2 years now and I've only just discovered this "Freedom Park". I stumbled upon the Berlin Wall display on a random walk on a beautiful day. I didn't quite put two-and-two together that the Freedom Park arch (seen above) were, in fact, connected. Blond Moment. It was really nice the other day, so I decided to do some minimal exploring and research.
According to an Arl.now article, comparing Freedom Park to New York's High Line Park. This article described its history that I never knew:
Here are a few pictures I took along my 5 minute walk:
The circle dome is the Artisphere, an art center in Arlington, VA
For some reason, at the end of the pathway, there is a display commemorating the Berlin Wall and its history. This has NOTHING on seeing sections from the actual Berlin Wall, like I did when I visited Berlin in 2008. Its a bit of an odd placement, and because its not funded anymore, there is a big gate that is locked in front of it. A bit of a cheeky pun if you ask me. A gate around the Berlin Wall display? Hmm.
A really weird looking replica of Brandenburg Gate
Some history of what brought about the wall
Geographical representation of East vs. West Germany
Stories around those who tried to escape