Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Jesús Aguirre joined Ward 4 residents, the Friends of 16th Street Heights Parks and youth for a groundbreaking of a new playground at Upshur Recreation Center, 4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW.
“Not only are we excited about bringing more resources to this fantastic neighborhood for residents to enjoy, we are proud of our work with the community on this effort,” said Mayor Fenty. “We have been collaborating with the Friends of 16th Street Heights Parks for a long time to improve and develop the area into a sustainable park for everyone to enjoy.”
“I am very pleased that we are breaking ground on this new playground fulfilling another promise to the 16th Street Heights community. This park has been a centerpiece in this beautiful neighborhood for decades and much deserves these needed investments,” said Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser.
“Mayor Fenty has long been a proponent of investing in our communities and supporting endeavors that promote active lifestyles,” said DPR Director Aguirre. “Thanks to Mayor Fenty’s leadership, Upshur Recreation Center is one of our facilities that really offers our residents all they could want – from an outdoor pool, to a dog park, playing fields, a great center, and now it will have a world-class playground.”
The new $678,000 playground is set to include a rubberized surface and new site furnishings as well as fencing and landscaping. The playground incorporates low-impact design and innovative play elements while providing environmental educational opportunities for the entire community. This year, new playgrounds have been installed at Arboretum Recreation Center in Ward 5 as well as a number of other playgrounds at schools including Eaton and Stoddert Elementary Schools.
Work on the playground is being completed by Prince Construction and is expected to be complete November 2010, and landscaping is being completed by Landscape Architecture Bureau LLC.
The playground is adjacent to a new $286,000 dog park that is expected to be completed in October 2010. The dog park is expected to be maintained by a partnership between the Friends of 16th Street Heights Park and DPR. Upshur Recreation Center also features an outdoor pool and playing fields.