D.C. news in brief

Thursday, July 1, 2010

City opens recreation center

The District held a grand opening for one recreation center and a groundbreaking for another as it continues improving its recreation centers.

Deanwood Recreation Center and Library, 1350 49th St. NE, is a $32 million, 63,000-square-foot facility that includes a swimming pool, a full-service kitchen, a game room, a senior services area, a music studio, a fitness center and multi-purpose rooms. It has a 7,500-square-foot library with 20 computers and capacity for 25,000 books. The grand opening was Friday.

The new Fort Stanton center, 1812 Erie St. SE, is a $12.5 million project that will replace a 2,500-square-foot center with an 18,000-square-foot community center, which will include a new gym. Other work includes renovating the existing pool house, installing a pedestrian connection to upper fields and adding parking. The Parks and Recreation Department expects the recreation center to be completed in November 2011.

For information, go to http://dpr.dc.gov.

Interns on bikes water trees

For the second summer, members of Casey Trees are watering trees by bicycle.

The Water By-Cycle program allows the organization's high school interns to mulch and water trees on street bikes. The bikes have a custom, six-foot cargo trailer to carry hoses and safety cones.

City fire hydrants provide the water, paid for by the organization with the permission of D.C. Water.

The program hydrates trees the group has planted in Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Eckington Park, downtown, Embassy Row, Georgetown and Mount Pleasant -- neighborhoods with limited street parking. A truck crew cares for trees planted in other neighborhoods.

The organization said that trees typically need 25 gallons of water per week, roughly equal to 1.5 inches of rainfall. The group also offers free slow-release watering bags to D.C. residents.

For information, go to http://www.caseytrees.org.

African Festival is July 10

The D.C. African Festival will be from noon to 6 p.m. July 10 at the Takoma Community Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW.

The event will include live entertainment, arts activities, food and vendors to showcase and highlight the District's African communities.

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