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Play DC: Fort Greble Playground Renovation

Status: Completed

The play space at Fort Greble is located at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SW and Elmira Street, SW in Ward 8. The current play space has two sets of swings and two slides. The space also includes two basketball courts, a play court, and a baseball field, and is adjacent to one of the historic Civil War Defenses of Washington.


  • First community meeting: November 14, 2012
  • Second community meeting: December 15, 2012
  • Pre-construction presentation: April 25, 2013 at the ANC 8D meeting (7 pm at Hadley Hospital, 4601 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SW)
  • Groundbreaking date: TBD
  • Construction start date: Spring 2013
  • Completion date: August 17, 2013
  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony: TBD (site is open to the public)

What’s New?

The concept for Fort Greble builds on the site history as a Civil War Defense of Washington. The play space is centered on the lunette, an accessible earthwork mound featuring climbing ropes, slides and a lookout point at the top. The lunette surrounds new seating around a small splash park. New swings will also be installed. New trees will be planted throughout the site, including around a small outdoor classroom near Leckie Elementary School. The basketball courts will be resurfaced and benches placed nearby. The entryway to the site will also be improved and walking paths and trail connections will be installed throughout.

How You’ll Move Grow and Be Green

Whether you’re climbing up the lunette or playing in the splash park, there are many new ways to MOVE around Fort Greble. An outdoor classroom and a new pavilion with a green roof both provide space to GROW in your knowledge of local flora and fauna. You can BE GREEN and grow your own vegetables in the new community garden.

Nearby Playgrounds

  • Bald Eagle – Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SW and Joliet Street, SW (0.5 miles away)

Pardon Our Dust

  • Playground and courts will be closed
  • Field will remain open
  • Parking near recreation center will not be open

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Phone: (202) 673-7647
Email: [email protected]
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Playground Address: Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SW and Elmira Street, SW