Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mayor Gray cuts ribbon on Turkey Thicket Playground Mar. 26

Mayor Gray will cut the ribbon on the Turkey Thicket Playground March 27 at 10:00 am.   The playground is located at 1100 Michigan Ave NE.

The release describes the playground design.   It

centers on two themes: transportation and a "mini-village." The transportation component will include trains, cars and boats; the mini-village component will include mountains, play houses and a farmers’ market. Other new features include sensory play equipment, a community garden, seating, a splash pad with a lighthouse and boat, a climbing hill, musical instruments, shade structures, a movie wall, a walking track and more.

At the ribbon cutting, the mayor will also announce the vision for the Play DC Master Plan.   According to the release, "The Play DC Master Plan effort is led by DPR, OP and 25 stakeholders as the District defines a path for improving parks and services in a dense, fast-growing city."   Specifically, the master plan will:

  • Establish a clear understanding of the current conditions of all District parks, recreation centers, and outdoor facilities
  • Assess the current programs available at all parks and recreation centers
  • Identify challenges and service gaps
  • Develop and propose solutions that are:
    1. Phased for implementation over the next 10 years
    2. Based on sound and detailed analysis that is inclusive and responsive to District residents
    3. Grounded in community input and industry best practices that improve public services and reduce costs
    4. Improving the District's ability to protect and preserve historic resources
    5. Progressing citywide goals identified in Mayor Gray's ONE CITY Action Plan, including economic strength and diversification, education and workforce preparation, sustainability and quality of life.

Mayor Gray will be joined by CM Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5), Department of Parks and Recreation Interim Director Sharia Shanklin, Department of General Services Director Brian Hanlon, Office of Planning Interim Director Rosalynn Hughey, ANC 5B05 Commissioner Jenese Jones, and Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association's Debee Yamamoto.   Community members and students from the Brookland Educational Campus at Bunker Hill School will also participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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