As we posted in October, Mayor Grey has launched the largest playground improvement project in DC history, named Play DC. Our very own Turkey Thicket Recreation Center has one of the playgrounds slated for an overhaul. The Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of General Services will host a community meeting to discuss the overall Play DC project, and the Turkey Thicket project specifically. All are encouraged to attend and share their ideas. Although there is $9.3 million in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget set aside for the overall program, none of the parks have a dedicated budget from that amount yet.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20, Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Ave., NE) from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. The Brentwood Recreation Center will also be discussed.
The community surrounding Brookland’s Noyes Elementary School has been clamoring for improvements to its playground for over 10 years. At the ANC 5B04 meeting last night, we found out that we are inching closer to realizing that goal. Since the last update meeting 3 months ago, the Request For Proposals (RFP) went out to potential contractors. (Read the RPF here.) The RFP sought a company to design and construct the playground based on community feedback gathered in early summer. By September, 11 proposals came back and by now the DC Department of General Services has finished their review. However, they cannot release the name of the contractor selected since the contract is still in negotiation. The good news is that the winning proposal came in under a million dollars, which means it will not have to go through City Council review. It is expected that the contract will be signed by the end of month. Then the design and permitting process starts and we will be able to see the concept picture below transformed into construction renderings. Bottom line, March 2013 the earliest we can expect construction to start. Check back here for updates, although it is unlikely that we will hear anything new till February or so.
The “playground” across from Brookland’s Noyes Elementary School has been slated for an overhaul for a long time now. As far as I know, the Request For Proposals has been released, responded to, and work should be well under by now. But it’s not. Those, like me, that are curious about the status of the playground should attend a project update meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place at Noyes Elementary School, 2701 10th Street NE.
Here what the Playground looks like today and a partial rendering of what the Playground will look like in the future:
On October 12th, Mayor Gray’s Office issued a press release announcing the largest playground improvement project in DC history. This is from the press release:
As part of his Playground Improvement 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 will now be renovated in Fiscal Year 2013.
These are the parks that are slated for improvement in Ward 5:
• Harry Thomas Sr. Playground, 1743 Lincoln Road NE
• Turkey Thicket Playground, 1100 Michigan Avenue NW
• Brentwood Playground, 2311 14th Street NE
The press release also notes that the overhaul to Brookland’s Noyes Playground (2725 10th Street NE) is already past the design phase. Speaking of which, it would be great to know how that project is coming along. Last I heard, months ago, proposals had been submitted in response to the RFP, but there has been no activity. If my memory serves me, the over-haul should have been completed by now.
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