Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Construction Complete: 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;
Grading;
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!

Monday, March 18, 2013

ANC6D Gives Full Support to SW Playground Project!

The improvements and playground to the 3rd and I Street Library Park will be built by the end of this year (if not sooner)!  It's been a long time coming, but thank you each for your support and sticking in there.  Imagine, a wonderful meeting place with children playing, skipping, laughing and playing hide and seek as you sip on a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, or meet with a neighbor or friend.  It's just a few short months around the corner! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Final Plan Presentation to ANC6D March 11th @ 7 PM!

It's  been a long-time coming, but please join in support as the Southwest Playground Project and DC Parks and Recreation present the FINAL plans to our ANC6D for approval.  Once approved, we can begin!

When:   March 11, 2013
Where: 200 I Street, SE - North end of Canal Park
Time:    7:00 pm

See you there!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mark Your Calendars for the Monthly Meeting!

When:     December 15, 2012
Time:      10:30 am to 11:30 am
Where:   SW Library SOW Room (basement)

Please plan to attend and bring a neighbor!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Important Change: Community Meeting Rescheduled to August 18th!

Please join us on Saturday, August 18th for a community meeting where we will share the latest design for the playground! All are welcome -- adults and children!

Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I Street, SW
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Light Refreshments Served

In preparation, please have a look at the DRAFT playground plan (click on photo below to view full size schematic) which will be discussed at the meeting.