RFP Issued for Design-Build of Park View Recreation Center

According to the RFP issued on September 12, the scope of work for renovations of the recreation center now includes everything except the existing buildings and the pool

On September 12, 2011, the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization issued the request for proposals for the design-build services to renovate the outdoor areas of the Park View recreation center. In looking through the RFP, two immediate changes jumped out.

  1. The scope of the project has expanded to all of the open space at the recreation center; and,
  2. The budget has increased from $1.2 to $1.4 million, or, an increase of $200,000.

There is no way of denying that both of these developments are good. The facility has long needed solid investment and redevelopment. But, even upon completion of the outdoor spaces the overall needs of the site will still fall short of what is needed — which is to examine what kind of infrastructure is needed on the site and how to incorporate the recreation center site into a master plan that unites the center and the neighboring school. Still, the long-term needs of the community can still be pressed while working with the District to renovate the outdoor areas as presented in the RFP.

The only area where I still have concerns with the upcoming renovations is with the location of the basketball court. When the community was meeting with DPR earlier this year we were operating under the requirement that any plans for the renovation had to be completely within the existing athletic field. Because of this the new basketball court was located on the property along Otis Place. Now that the scope of work includes all of the open spaces, it would be good to revisit this location. The new basketball court could be located where the current court is but turned 90% which would encroach upon far less of the athletic field.

This thought has apparently not occurred to anyone yet. Below is the draft redesign of the recreation center as illustrated in the RFP.

General concept drawing of redesigned recreation center as included in the September 2011 RPF


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7 Comments on “RFP Issued for Design-Build of Park View Recreation Center”

  1. Cliff Says:

    The purpose of moving the basketball court was not only to make it larger, but to move the older kids away from the childrens playground, a move that was demanded by the neighborhood.

    Anytime the plan is altered I get a very concerned. They should be getting ready to close off the field and start construction in the next 30 days or so. Two years ago, just before the field was to get renovated they did the same thing and delayed the project another 2 years. It looks like the same thing is happening now, so I think the neighborhood needs to pull together and lobby to get them to get started.

  2. Alana Says:

    What can we do to get it started now Cliff? I’d be happy to do anything! Also, I can’t tell from this picture but is there an increase in playground equipment? Is it divided between a tot lot and a lot for older kids? Can we chose the type of ground covering? Thanks!

  3. Cliff Says:

    Most important, Kent should write a letter to Jesus and copy councilman Graham reminding them that they said construction would start THIS YEAR after the basketball tournament ended. Residents should also send letters insisting that they get started on this long prolonged promice (email jesus.aguirre@dc.gov; jim@grahamwone.com). Councilman Graham is always helpful on getting things moving when he knows the neighborhood is behind it.

  4. […] A recent case in point is the proposed renovations at the Park View Recreation Center. The District recently added $200,000 to that project without any apparent […]

  5. […] there are two projects in the very early stages of planning. The first is the on-again-off-again athletic field at the Park View Recreation Center located at 693 Otis Place. Despite early discussions with the community beginning in May 2011, the […]

  6. […] with the community. Overall, the concept plan, shown below, closely mirrors the design in the RFP issued in September 2012. The scope of the $1.5M project has grown since it was first presented in May 2011 to include the […]

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