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Mayor Gray Holds Final Play DC Groundbreaking at Fort Greble

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
In Largest Playground Improvement Project in District’s History, 32 to Be Renovated

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Doxie McCoy (EOM) 202.727.9691; [email protected]
John Stokes (DPR) 202.288.7275; [email protected]


(Washington D.C.) - Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Jesús Aguirre, Department of General Services (DGS) Director Brian Hanlon and community representatives broke ground at the second of two groundbreaking ceremonies for the Mayor’s Play DC Initiative to refurbish playground facilities citywide. Today’s groundbreaking was held at the Fort Greble Playground, representing all DPR playgrounds east of the Anacostia River. The first Play DC groundbreaking was held at Takoma Playground, representing all playgrounds west of the Anacostia, on April 25.

“This project is historic in nature, and I’m excited to see it begin District-wide,” Mayor Gray said. “Improving every resident’s quality of life is one of the main goals of my One City Action Plan, and every child in the District should have a safe and inviting place to play. Renovating these playgrounds is an investment in the well-being of our children that will pay dividends for years to come.”

As part of the Play DC project, Mayor Gray tasked DPR with identifying the playgrounds across the city most in need of renovations. Initially this project was to be a multi-year endeavor as the District worked to improve all of the playgrounds in DPR’s inventory. However, Mayor Gray prioritized this initiative and worked with his budget team to identify additional end-of-year capital funds to both add additional playgrounds to the project and accelerate the pace of renovations. As a result, a total of 32 playgrounds are either currently under renovation or will begin renovation this year. DPR currently operates 78 playgrounds. In recent months several of them have been renovated, including playgrounds in Shaw, Columbia Heights, Bloomingdale, Shepherd Park and Chevy Chase.

“DPR is pleased that the District is supporting the renovations of playgrounds across the city,” DPR Director Aguirre said. “Play is a fundamental aspect of growth and development for children and youth, and a positive exercise experience leads to avoidance of weight gain, higher self-esteem and reduction of risk factors for disease.”

The following playgrounds are currently undergoing Play DC renovations. Please note that, due to construction access restrictions, Harrison Recreation Center and Macomb Recreation Center are closed while their respective playgrounds are under construction.

Ward 1

Banneker Playground - 2500 Georgia Avenue NW
Harrison Playground - 1330 V Street NW (This site is closed)

Ward 2

Rose Park Playground - 2609 Dumbarton Street NW

Ward 3

Forest Hills Park Playground - 32nd & Chesapeake Streets NW
Key Playground - 5001 Dana Place NW
Macomb Playground - 3409 Macomb Street NW (This site is closed)
Newark Park Playground - 39th & Newark Streets NW
Palisades Playground - 5200 Sherrier Place NW

Ward 4

Emery Playground - 5801 Georgia Avenue NW
Fort Stevens Playground - 1327 Van Buren Street NW
Hamilton Playground - 1340 Hamilton Street NW
Takoma Park Playground - 300 Van Buren Street NW
Upshur Park Playground - 4300 Arkansas Avenue NW

Ward 5

Brentwood Playground - 2311 14th Street NE
Harry Thomas Sr. Playground - 1743 Lincoln Road NE
Turkey Thicket Playground - 1100 Michigan Avenue NE

Ward 6

Kennedy Playground - 1401 7th Street NW
Randall Playground - South Capitol & I Streets SW

Ward 7

Benning Park Playground - Southern Avenue & Fable Street SE
Hillcrest Playground - 3100 Denver Street SE
Neval Thomas Playground - 650 Anacostia Avenue NE

Ward 8

Douglass Playground - 2100 Stanton Terrace SE
Fort Greble Playground - Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue & Elmira Street SW
Oxon Run Playground - 6th Street & Mississippi Avenue SE

In addition, Mayor Gray’s Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013 budgets include capital funding for the renovation of the following eight playgrounds, all of which are already either in the design or construction phase:

  • Volta Playground - 1555 34th Street NW (Ward 2)
  • Raymond Playground - 915 Spring Street NW (Ward 4)
  • Noyes Playground - 2725 10th Street NE (Ward 5)
  • Rosedale Playground - 1701 Gales Street NE (Ward 6)
  • Benning Stoddert Playground - 100 Stoddert Place SE (Ward 7)
  • Barry Farm Playground - 1230 Sumner Road SE (Ward 8)
  • Congress Heights Playground - 611 Alabama Avenue SE (Ward 8)
  • Fort Stanton Playground - 1800 Erie Street SE (Ward 8)


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