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(Washington, DC) – Saturday, January 20, 2018, Mayor Muriel Bowser will join Department of General Services (DGS) Director Greer Gillis, DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Keith Anderson, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and the Ward 5 community to break ground on the new state-of-the-art Edgewood Recreation Center at 1:30 p.m., 3rd and Evarts Street NE.
The existing Edgewood Recreation Center, constructed in 1947 as a field house, has outgrown the programmatic needs for DPR and the community. The groundbreaking is the culmination of DGS and DPR working closely with the Edgewood community including increasing funding from $14.4 million to $18.4 million to meet the communities request for a gymnasium.
The new facility is approximately 16,000 square feet and will have some of the following amenities:
- Full Size Gymnasium
- Locker Rooms
- Classrooms / Multi-purpose Rooms
- Reading Room
- Teen/Tech Lounge
- Teaching Kitchen
- Fitness Center
Exterior Amenities include:
- Natural grass sports field with football and baseball overlays
- Re-surfacing of existing tennis and basketball courts
- Community garden
- Fitness Trail (around sports field)
- Playground Area
- Security Lighting
As part of the modernization process, the new Edgewood Recreation Center will also feature: a natural gas generator to keep the facility online during a power outage, “splash creek and waterfall” based on Tiber Creek, which used to run through the property, and a rooftop urban farm. All of which are DPR firsts.
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.