We have been following Arts Park, a project by Dance Place to turn the currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Now it looks like the project is moving full steam ahead after Dance Place was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to create the park. Construction will begin Winter/Spring 2016. From a press release:
The space will be converted into an artistic, playable green space. Design features include lighting and canopy overhead, entirely new colorful surfacing, a convertible outdoor stage, film screen and five public art commissions by local artists. Dance Place and the Arts Park Steering Committee are delighted to be working with CBE firm Lee & Associates Landscape Architects, who are providing a large portion of their services pro bono. Check out some of their past work at http://www.leeandassociatesinc.com/
Closely modeled off of Dance Place’s wildly successful Art on 8th Programs, the Park will host interactive programming for all ages, including games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more.
Sounds like another great new amenity for the area! We will let you know when we hear anything new.