Park View Playground Added to the National Register of Historic Places

On February 24, 2014, the Park View Playground and Field House was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the NPS Weekly List published March 7, 2014.

Park View Playground

According to the National Register of Historic Places Web site:

“The Park View Playground qualifies for listing in the National Register under Criterion A because it is associated with historical periods, social movements, groups, institutions, or patterns of growth and change that contributed significantly to the heritage, culture or development of the District of Columbia . Namely, Park View Playground was associated with a local movement to end segregation at the city’s public playgrounds. Community concern about the segregated nature of District of Columbia playgrounds, and especially the Park View Playground, initiated the public debate that ultimately ended segregation in all District playgrounds. The story of integration at Park View Playground, spanning five years, is unique. The continued struggle to free the playground from the biased and segregated practices of the District Recreation Board was followed both locally and nationally, thereby extending the conversation about race and segregation far beyond the Park View neighborhood.”

The full nomination is available here.

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One Comment on “Park View Playground Added to the National Register of Historic Places”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I would really love to see a plaque or some other feature placed near the field house so people can read about this at the site itself. Maybe the city could pay for a permanent photograph/information installation inside or outside the building as part of the renovation budget for the field house?

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