Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Help Beautify the Park on April 18th for EARTH DAY!

Bring the children, gloves, rakes, shovels, and gardening tools and let's beautify the open park spaces for Earth Day!

We'll start at 9:30 am and go until we run out of steam! We'll provide flowers/bulbs, garbage bags, and refreshments. Please tell a friend and join us!

For more information, email:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Safety Fencing Is Here!

You asked for it, you got it! DC Parks and Recreation, working with the DC Department of General Services, installed new safety fencing at the 3rd and I Street Playground yesterday. Now our parents can feel safer as their toddlers roam about exploring all of the exciting wonders at the playground.

Special thanks also to Councilmember Charles Allen for helping push for the fencing to happen sooner than later!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Park is Clean and the Swing's Back Up!

We would like to report that broken swing has been fixed and is ready for play! Neighbors, please encourage our children to treat the swings as intended to help preserve their longevity and to save us on costs.

The SW Playground Project has several park clean ups planned for 2015. However, to our great pleasure, the park has remained clean since our last clean up in November. Therefore, coupled with the recent drop in temperatures, we have decided to cancel the previously-scheduled park clean up for January 10th. Please review our Calendar for updates, and thank you for your continued support!

November 15th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

True to grassroots fashion, members of the SW Playground Project held a park clean up on November 15th before being joined by Ward 6 Councilmember-Elect, Charles Allen, and several playground donors, including Mandarin Oriental Hotel, to hold hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the new 3rd and I Street Playground!

Friday, September 19, 2014

October 4th @ 9:30 AM - 1st Community Clean Up Day

Parents and children are encouraged to come out for a "Meet & Greet" followed by a park clean up effort to help keep our new park beautiful! Bring your brooms, gloves, and a leaf-blower, if you have one -- we'll provide trash bags and refreshments!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New 3rd & I Street Park and Playground Opens!

3rd and I Street Park BEFORE AND AFTER

After only a few short weeks, Phase I of the 3rd and I Street Library Park improvement is now complete! On Tuesday, August 19th, the construction fencing came down, and immediately, residents from the entire surrounding neighborhood began to enjoy the park's new playground addition. A true testament to how something so relatively small can make a huge impact on our community! Already, play-dates have begun, neighbors are meeting each other, the number of patrons at the library is increasing, and a stronger community is being built! Truly, this is the community's gift to itself.

The Southwest Playground Project, with the support of the Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC) thanks everyone who helped to make this beautiful park a reality! We will keep the community informed of the planned ribbon-cutting date. Finally, although we will have regular clean-up dates, we encourage everyone to please help to keep our park clean and trash-free.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Construction Begins at 3rd and I Street Library Park!

After almost four years, construction fencing appeared around the 3rd and I Street, SW Library Park on Monday, June 30th. DGS certified contractor, HRGM, began tree removal and pruning as part of Phase I of a two-phase project.

The first phase will focus primarily on the center berm and will include:

Tree pruning and removal;
Installation of 2 feet high retainer walls along the center berm area;
Installation of fencing along I Street and the diagonal corners of Wesley Place and 3rd leading inside the park;
Installation of Game Time playground equipment for ages 2-5 (Butterfly, slide, mushrooms, spinning leaves);
Installation of soft surfacing;
Installation of a swing set one bucket, one ADA, and two belts); and
Utilities work, including relocation of a light

The completion of this phase should take approximately 8 weeks, so hopefully, we can begin to use the park again before summer's totally over!

Below is a layout of the final play equipment from Game Time:

Phase II will include storm water retention, remainder of retention walls, and repaving and scoring of the concrete. This second phase will require additional funding in the amount of $270,000. We do not have this money, and it was not placed in the 2015 budget(but continue to have our work cut out for us.)

On behalf of the CBCC, we want to express our sincere appreciation for everyone's encouragement, sharing of skills and abilities, and for simply "sticking it out" without complaint after all these years! We will continue to keep everyone updated as the work progresses. Thank you all!