D.C. to Celebrate Improvements at Marvin Gaye Park

By Martin Ricard
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 19, 2009; 4:32 PM

The National Recreation and Park Association, District officials, and a number of businesses and community organizations will celebrate the unveiling of a new playground at Marvin Gaye Park on Thursday, marking the first time since 1978 that the historic Northeast Washington park has had a major capital improvement.

A ribbon-cutting will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Division Avenue and Marvin Gaye Way NE to commemorate the playground.

Once dubbed "Needle Park" because of its reputation for being a haven to drug users, the park has been undergoing a transformation since the District, with help from private and public organizations, began revitalizing it several years ago.

Along with the playground, the park will boast a revitalized amphitheater, a restored stream, and 1.6 miles of new hiking and bicycling trails.

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