Pike Park with Farmer's Market & Wandering the Pike
June 29, 2015, Updated May 28, 2017, Updated August 30, 2021
Town Center: Columbia Heights
Columbia Pike & Walter Reed
Farmers Market, Wandering the Pike
Updated August 30, 2021
Rite Aid becomes Walgreens
In 2017 Walgreens bought more than 1,900 Rite Aid stores. In 2018 some Rite Aid stores switched over to become Walgreens.
The Rite Aid that was next to Pike Park was one of the stores to became Walgreens.
The Farmers Market moved back to Pike Park this month. The first 18 months of Covid 19 it was in the parking lot of the Fillmore Center across the road.
Updated May 28, 2017
Pike Park is a tiny park with a lot going on. It is in the heart of the Town Center, in front of Rite Aid between South Walter Reed and South Edgewood. It's easy to get around from here, it is within walking distance of a variety of restaurants and businesses and has its own Bike Share Station and is right behind the million dollar busstop. It is catty-corner from the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse and across the street from the Avalon.
There is a Farmers Market every Sunday year round. Other events happen here including one arranged by Walk Arlington, Wandering the Pike. Years ago there used to be a Big Boys located at this spot.
Every Sunday from 9am - 1pm there is a Farmer's Market, in addition to the farm produce there are a variety of products including baked goods, jams, other preserves and soaps. Each week there is a different artisan featured and most weeks there is a musician(s). They have even have a Poet's Booth once in a while. This year the market is celebrating 21 years on the Pike.
Wandering The Pike
Last Sunday, 5/21/2017 Arlington's Wandering the Pike a New Public Sites project, which is a walking tour that started at Pike Park and ended at Penrose Square (map). It was a free activity and anyone interested could join. Ali Henry of WalkArlington was the organizer and artist Graham Corell-Allen, was the guild with some off-beat information about hidden public spaces and those rarely noticed. Cecilia Cassidy, Executive Director, CPRO added additional information. At the end of the walk at Penrose Square we were greeted by Chef Sol Schott from Acme Pies with some of his delicious pastries. There should be more of these tours in the future check for dates at by Walk Arlington.
WalkArlington is Arlington County's walking education and encouragement program.
New Public Sites is an ongoing series by public artist Graham Coreil-Allen
Walgreens replaced Rite Aid Pharmacy.
1999 The Rite Aid Pharmacy at 2820 Columbia Pike (originally Bob’s Big Boy) was built on the homesite of Cora McIntosh (a Smith family relation). The B. M. Smith Family and their Partners granted use of the property fronting on Columbia Pike between South Walter Reed Drive and Edgewood Street for use as a park. "Pike Park" is the present home of the weekly Farmer's Market.History B. M. Smith.