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.
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.