City will renovate 32 playgrounds by next year

October 12, 2012

Kids play at the Marvin Gaye Park playground, which was renovated in 2010. (Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)

The city is planning to renovate 32 city playgrounds by next September using $30 million that includes unspent funds from other capital projects, a major upgrade for a renovation schedule that would have otherwise seen only eight new playgrounds in that time.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) appeared Friday at the Benning Park Recreation Center with city parks and construction officials to announce the new playgrounds.

Parks and Recreation spokesman John Stokes said Gray pushed to use the surplus borrowed funds — some of it left over from delayed or under-budget projects — to accelerate the renovation schedule after parks officials undertook a triage of playground facilities.

“Eight is great, but what if we could get more done?” he said.

Here’s a list of the playgrounds set for renovation. Locations marked with an asterisk are the eight that had previously been identified for renovations; design and/or construction work for those is underway:

Ward 1
Harrison Playground, 1330 V St. NW
Banneker Playground, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW

Ward 2
Rose Park Playground, 2609 Dumbarton St. NW
Volta Playground, 1555 34th St. NW*

Ward 3
Macomb Playground, 3409 Macomb St. NW
Palisades Playground, 5200 Sherier Place NW
Forest Hills Park Playground, 32nd and Chesapeake streets NW
Newark Park Playground, 39th and Newark streets NW
Key Playground, 5001 Dana Place NW

Ward 4
Takoma Park Playground, 300 Van Buren St. NW
Emery Playground, 5801 Georgia Ave. NW
Upshur Park Playground, 4300 Arkansas Ave. NW
Fort Stevens Playground, 1327 Van Buren St. NW
Hamilton Playground, 1340 Hamilton St. NW
Raymond Playground, 915 Spring St. NW*

Ward 5
Harry Thomas Sr. Playground, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE
Turkey Thicket Playground, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE
Brentwood Playground, 2311 14th St. NE
Noyes Playground, 2725 10th St. NE*

Ward 6
Randall Playground, South Capitol and I streets SW
Kennedy Playground, 1401 Seventh St. NW
Rosedale Playground, 1701 Gales St. NE*

Ward 7
Hillcrest Playground, 3100 Denver St. SE
Benning Park Playground, Southern Avenue and Fable Street SE
Neval Thomas Playground, 650 Anacostia Ave. NE
Benning Stoddert Playground, 100 Stoddert Place SE*

Ward 8
Fort Greble Playground, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Elmira Street SW
Douglass Playground, 2100 Stanton Terrace SE
Oxon Run Playground, Sixth Street and Mississippi Avenue SE
Barry Farm Playground, 1230 Sumner Rd. SE*
Congress Heights Playground, 611 Alabama Ave. SE*
Fort Stanton Playground, 1800 Erie St. SE*

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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