Noyes Playground Construction Update – Groundbreaking Soon

We learned the latest on the Noyes Playground overhaul from Jackie Stanley of DC’s Department of General Services (DGS). A construction fence will go up next week, and construction will start 2 weeks later. Construction is expected to last 12 weeks, with a target completion date of June 1st. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony, but a date hasn’t been set yet.

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The park will have the following features:

  • Playground for all ages
  • Adult fitness equipment
  • Plaza/Community gathering space
  • Community garden
  • Walking path
  • Multipurpose field
  • Perimeter fencing
  • Ornamental playground fencing
  • Picnic tables
  • Landscaping
  • Grills
  • Service entrance
  • Litter receptacles
  • Community message board
  • Irrigation system

The budget for the project is $1 million dollars, the contract to construct the park came in at $725,000, leaving the remaining funds for contingency purposes. Of note, there has been some hand wringing over the center play area which will be artificial turf rather than natural grass. The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association even weighed in on it with  letter to DGS, asking them to reconsider. DGS is going forward with the plans for the turf, citing studies that don’t find safety issues, and claiming that maintenance is easier. Ms. Stanley also noted that the city in general is moving away from grass and to artificial turf for high traffic playground areas. More information on this project is available here at DGS.gov.  Noyes Park is located at 10th and Franklin Street, NE.

3 thoughts on “Noyes Playground Construction Update – Groundbreaking Soon”

  1. What is the deal with the community garden section? Will plots be available to rent? How will they be allocated?

    1. Hi Kate, great question. If I recall correctly, there will be a lottery system in place and winners will get a plot for the year. The next time I see Jackie Stanley will ask and include this information in the next update. Thanks for reading and commenting, Shani

  2. I cannot wait for the new playground!!! It will be so nice to walk to the park instead of having to drive to the North Michigan Park Rec Center or the South Dakota Avenue park in order to go to a safe playground. Now if we could only sneak the 14th and Irving park onto the renovation schedule….

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