Turkey Thickey Playground Renovation Plans Look Great! Still Time For Input Via Online Survey.

At a meeting on  Monday, December 17th, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation presented conceptual drawings provided by Studio 39 Architects for the Turkey Thicket playground renovation. As you can see below, a lot is packed into the overhaul. I am surprised by how awesome it is.

 Playground Renovation

The conceptual drawings and plans are based on the comments received thus far. Here is a rundown of the proposed renovation:

  • Replace and widen the walking track and add exercise stations along it
  • A new play park centered around a spray park (with no standing water)
  • Seating throughout the play area
  • A climbing feature, which will be a train track with a stationary train and tunnel. This area will have a mountain theme with berms and climbing stones throughout which will incorporate the hillside by adding a climbing feature on it.
  • A seat wall with a guard rail that will be musical–like a xylophone
  • A movie wall against the recreation center wall for outdoor movie nights
  • A large community garden

Here is a conceptual drawing of what the play area will look like:

Unfortunately for dog lovers, the plans are for the park to remain dog free. There is still time to give your input, so please respond to this survey and let DPR  know what you think. The deadline to respond has been extended to December 31st. We need a lot of interest generated for the overhaul so design elements aren’t stripped away when the rubber hits the road. Many thanks to Debee Yamamoto of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association for keeping the community up to speed on the renovation.

7 thoughts on “Turkey Thickey Playground Renovation Plans Look Great! Still Time For Input Via Online Survey.”

  1. There are two huge problems with this plan that center around not having a dog park.

    1. The DC Play people said that this grant is not authorized for dog park development. First, the plan should be as dog parks are integral to this type of urban development. Second, I find this reason bunk.

    2. Even if a dog park is prohibited from going up in this space, the plan takes up all the potential space where a dog park could go in the future. Poor planing, indeed!

    1. Hi Bill,
      As a dog owner and lover myself, I am disappointed as well. From what I understand, getting a dog park is a long uphill battle that requires a dedicated, formal group of neighbors (like the Langdon Dog Park Association) who not only has to fight for the space, but will agree to maintain it once it is established. So, I never expected the DPR to create one this go round, since I am not aware of a organized group that was making a formal push for one at Turkey Thicket. I could be wrong though, I have not been able to attend the Turkey Thicket meetings yet.

  2. This playground looks great, especially the movie wall and splash area. However, someone on this planning committee needs to meet with DGS regarding the plans for the new Brookland middle school that will be built adjacent to the playground. Construction is to begin this summer. The spaces need to work together.

  3. I agree completely with Bill and will add that urban planning has to include dog parks if one is going to have safe animals about. The proposed usage of space is disappointing.

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