Amazon has officially opened Metropolitan Park, the first phase of our second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The development, which has already started to welcome thousands of employees, features two, 22-story towers, along with sustainable green spaces and local retailers for our Arlington neighbors to enjoy. From the very beginning, we’ve been committed to this community, investing in local partnerships and engaging with local and state leaders. Our goal has always been to contribute to a thriving 18-hour district that attracts top talent to the region, helps make Arlington a destination for business, improves the local infrastructure, and enhances the entire neighborhood.
An aerial photo of Metropolitan Park at Amazon's HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Lucas Jackson
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support we’ve had from our partners, employees, neighbors, and officials in Arlington and Virginia, many of whom joined us at Metropolitan Park on the opening day to explore the new space.
An image of local officials touring Amazon's second headquarters on its opening day
“For years, I encouraged Amazon to come to Virginia because I knew it would create jobs and opportunities for the whole Commonwealth—not just Northern Virginia,” said U.S. Senator Mark Warner. “This is a great moment. I look forward to continuing to work with Amazon’s leadership to realize HQ2’s full potential.”
"I remember participating in the announcement in November 2018 that Amazon was coming to Virginia because of our high-quality education system and our talented workforce," said U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. "I’m excited that this dream is becoming a reality today. Amazon’s choice of Virginia is a validation of our Commonwealth as an innovator and an education state—and sends the message to others that they should choose Virginia too.”
Here are photos showing what it was like at Amazon's second headquarters on opening day.
Governor Glenn Youngkin, alongside Amazon leaders Candi Castleberry, Brian Huseman, John Schoettler, and Holly Sullivan, cut the ribbon on opening day, marking the official opening of Metropolitan Park, the first phase of Amazon’s HQ2.
An image of local officials touring Amazon's second headquarters on its opening day
Amazon’s Vice President of Public Policy and Community Engagement, Brian Huseman, welcomed guests to the grand opening celebration.
An image of Brian Huseman at Amazon's HQ2 opening
“We are thrilled to call Virginia home," Huseman said. "We thank the many federal, state, and regional policymakers, economic development officials, and business leaders. Your support and partnership have been invaluable … Virginia is a great place to do business and we are committed to continuing our investments in the HQ2 region and across the Commonwealth.”
An image of a group of people looking at wall art at Amazon's second headquarters
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin joined the celebration, sharing his excitement about the opportunities the new integrated development will bring to Arlington’s National Landing neighborhood.
An image of local officials touring Amazon's second headquarters on its opening day
“I want to thank Amazon for your commitment to the community," said Governor Youngkin. "Donating $160 million to 150+ local nonprofits, community groups, and schools is an extraordinary amount of money. It's an extraordinary representation of what Amazon stands for. We celebrate this partnership building a better and a brighter future right here in Virginia. The Amazon team is truly engaged fully not just in their business, but in Virginia.”
An image of local officials touring Amazon's second headquarters on its opening day
Christian Dorsey, chair, Arlington County Board, also attended the event and shared his excitement about the new headquarters. “It has been incredibly rewarding to see everything that we thought our partnership could be materialize and deliver transformational change," Dorsey said. "Congratulations to Amazon, my colleagues and to our entire Arlington community. This is a great moment in our history.”
Christian Dorsey, Chair, Arlington County Board, speaks at Amazon HQ2 opening event
Families, pets, employees, and community members enjoyed the outdoor spaces and parks.
An image of dogs playing at the dog park at Amazon HQ2
Employees gathered in the Center of Energy—a shared space inside one of the office buildings—to watch the ceremony and enjoy the new amenities.
An image from the opening of Amazon's HQ2
Local businesses have begun to open their doors to brand-new storefronts with an ideal location for services like doggy daycare and bike repairs and sales.
A photo of the inside of doggy daycare, District Dogs. Three employees are standing next to three dogs around a daycare obstacle.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an Amazon campus without free bananas. The famous Amazon banana stand was stationed outside to offer fresh treats.
Heading inside, Governor Youngkin and fellow local officials joined Amazon leaders on a tour of the offices starting with what we’re calling the Center of Energy, an open meeting space and café.
Governor Youngkin of Arlington, VA tours Amazon's HQ2
The tour moved along to the third floor terrace, where employees can eat together or have meetings outside while enjoying the view of the central green.
An image of local officials touring Amazon's second headquarters on its opening day
Government officials also caught a glimpse of the workspaces where Amazon employees were collaborating in real time.
An image of the workspaces at Amazon's Arlington, VA office
Sustainability was a common theme during the tour, as the first all-electric building in Amazon’s real estate portfolio powered by 100% renewable energy.
An image of local officials touring Amazon's second headquarters on its opening day
The Amazon Horticulture team also showcased the on-campus garden where they will grow fresh food for local nonprofit, Kitchen of Purpose.
As the day came to a close, John Schoettler, vice president of Amazon's Global Real Estate and Facilities, and Holly Sullivan, vice president of Worldwide Economic Development, discussed Amazon’s commitment to the community, sharing plans to double down on community investments and offering insight into Amazon’s positive impacts on local communities in the U.S.
A group of people walk through Amazon's HQ2 in Arlington.
"At Amazon, the success of our office developments is contingent upon our ability to integrate and stitch ourselves into the fabric of the community," Schoettler said. "We worked together to ensure that it was the community that would shape Amazon’s presence here in Arlington, and not the other way around."
Get all the latest news about Amazon’s second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia and check out remarks from Governor Youngkin at the grand opening event below.