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Update on Bruce Monroe @ Park View Playground

August 19, 2011

D.C. Public Schools open on Monday August 22, 2011, and it looks like the kindergartners at the Park View School won’t have to do without a playground as previously thought. A month ago it looked like the small playground at the southeast corner of the school would be out of service until October. The equipment was in need of repair and no money for new parts had been identified.

In the past month, luckily, the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) was able to find the money to replace the playground and has been actively working to get the playground up and running. Below are some photos of the new playground equipment as the site nears completion.

New playground equipment at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View School

Another view of the playground equipment at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View School


School’s Tot Lot Dismantled, New Wall Being Constructed

August 8, 2011

Workers have made quick work at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View School’s tot lot. When I checked it out on Sunday the play equipment was completely dismantled and a crew was on site digging a trench behind the existing wall. I asked what the trench was for and was  told that they plan to build a new higher wall behind the existing one. Judging from the cinder blocks (below), it looks like the wall will achieve their aim but will not be inspired.

Textured cinder blocks on site for the school's new wall


Park View Tot Lot Off Limits

July 22, 2011

Cordoned off tot lot at the school

The tot lot at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View School has been cordoned off due to disrepair. I’ve been informed that the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) is looking for the parts to repair the play equipment.

There is a possibility that OPEFM will not have any spare parts on hand and that they’ll need to wait until October when the next Fiscal Year starts. If this happens, the school will need to use the equipment at the neighboring Park View Recreation Center.

The school’s tot lot is located on the northwest corner of Warder Street and Newton Place and is largely used by the school’s youngest children.


Second Park View Field Renovation Meeting is Tonight @ Park View Rec Center, 6:30 p.m.

June 9, 2011

Then second meeting between the neighborhood and DPR concerning the renovation of the Park View athletic field is tonight at 6:30 p.m. Details can be found by clicking on the flier to the right.

Readers may recall that at the first DPR meeting on May 5, 2011, the planners presented three initial plans for community comment to better help them determine how to renovate the athletic field. Concept two, which eliminate all of the green space in favor of two basketball courts and a tennis court received the least support.

There was a lot of support for both concepts one and three. Based on this, the planners have reworked both of those concepts incorporating additional comments they received at the first meeting, via email, and from this blog. I’m very excited to see how the plans have changed as a result.

To help me better understand what activities need to be supported on the athletic field I decided to play with the plans myself. Taking into account the entire site, and presuming that the DPR and school sites could be united with indoor recreation activities being included at the school when it’s not in session, below is what I came up with.
In this fantasy version, a regulation basketball court replaces the current recreation structure (which originally replaced a tennis court). The children’s pool is also replaced by a spray park that could support a wider range of ages. This plan also provides room for some landscaping on the Warder Street side of the basketball court and a sod area between the spray park and the old field house. Lastly, I’ve included three additional trees since I feel trees are important and Warder is in serious need of trees. In this plan the basketball court does encroach upon Otis Place to about the middle of the street.

What was important to me in performing this exercise was the realization that though small, if designed well everything the recreation center currently supports can continue to be supported without a loss of the expansive athletic field if the functions of the current building can be shifted to the neighboring school in some manner. This is something that DPR is currently planning to do at sites like Raymond.


Park View Children’s Pool to Open This Saturday!

May 26, 2011

Park View Rec Center Pool

All DPR pools will open this Saturday, May 28, 2011 (unless otherwise indicated). Hours of operation will be Saturday-Sunday Noon-6:00 p.m.
(Closed Weekdays until Tuesday, June 21st)

Please consult the DPR Aquatics Facilities Guide at the following link for additional information:

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Park View School to be Modernized, No New Building for Bruce-Monroe

May 23, 2011

The Park View School has been serving the community since 1916

In a meeting at the Wilson Building late on Friday afternoon (5/20/11), Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright announced that the District would be moving forward with the modernization of the Park View School and had no plans to build a new school on the Bruce-Monroe site, which will continue being used as a community park for the immediate future.

Deputy Mayor Wright began the meeting by briefly recapping the events that lead to the present public school situation in Park View. He acknowledged the frustration of the communities impacted by these events and clearly stated that the purpose of the meeting was to map the path forward. As learned in the meeting, one factor in the decision to move forward with the Park View modernization was the District’s inability to secure the public/private partnership for the redevelopment of the Bruce-Monroe site that would have financed a new school building. Other factors included the investment of $3.3M in the Park View School that has already occurred since 2008 and the solid condition of the school’s overall structure. It was also noted that the basic design of Park View is good and that the District would not be able to achieve the same results with a new building for the same money.

Even with the improvements already made at Park View, Deputy Mayor Wright made it clear that the school does not currently live up to the standards that parents, teachers, and the community should expect. Nor does Park View currently provide an ideal learning environment.

Deputy Mayor Wright then asked Mel Butler of the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) to explain the next steps in modernizing the school. Butler began by giving details on the $3.3M already invested at Park View.

The $3.3M  was broken down thusly:

To add some clarity to these categories, HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning; Life Safety includes fire doors or any improvements that make the school a healthier and safer place to learn and teach; and general improvements would be everything else. The large general expenditure in 2008 includes the renovated plaza in front of the school which was required to keep the boiler room (underneath the plaza) dry and functional. (more…)

New Signs on Warder Alert Drivers to Stop for Pedestrians

May 19, 2011

In early April I asked the community if they thought a new stop sign was warranted at the intersection of Warder Street and Princeton Place. I know some residents had taken this directly to DDOT citing concerns with the number of children that cross at this intersection to get to the Park View Kids Zone program run out of the recreation center’s field house.

It would seem that DDOT agreed that action was required but stopped short of adding another stop sign. What they did instead was add new signs reminding drivers that they are required to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. It will be interesting to see if these signs make a noticeable difference in children’s safety, or if further action is required.


Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled for Saturday — Donations Appreciated

April 19, 2011

Children participating in Easter activities at the White House, April 2, 1923

Angela Strange and her Park View Kids Zone program has scheduled an Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday April 23, 2011. The entire community is invited to participate. They will have Easter crafts and activities all day from Noon to 4 p.m.

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 2 p.m. on the field at the Park View Recreation Center (693 Otis Place). For those that can not attend but want to contribute, Mrs. Strange indicated that they are in need of plastic Easter eggs and candy donations. If anyone is interested in donating either of these items please contact Mrs. Angela at 615-496-0834. They can arrange pick up or folks can drop donations off at the Rec Center’s field house from 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or Saturday’s from Noon-4 p.m.

While area Easter events are generally associated with the White House (above photo), this hasn’t always been necessarily so. Though the picture quality is low, the image below documents an egg-rolling event near the ponds of the Soldiers’ Home that occurred on April 5, 1926.


Is Another Stop Sign on Warder Warranted?

April 7, 2011

View southwest over the corner of Princeton Pl. and Warder St.

As anyone who drives up Warder Street can tell you, it has a lot of stop signs and a few street lights. Many of the stop signs were originally installed to address speeding although I suspect the stop light at Otis Place had the dual role of children’s safety. Which brings me to the corner of Princeton & Warder.

Children’s safety has largely not be a big concern at this intersection in the recent past. However, over the last year the Park View Kids Zone has been running a very successful program out of the Rec Center’s field house which has its entrance on Princeton. On Saturdays it’s not unusually to see 40 kids or so enjoying a day of fun around the property. Many of those children cross Warder to get to and from the program.

Location of stop signs on Warder leading up to the Princeton Place intersection

Leading up to Princeton Place, drivers encounter a series of traffic calming measures — notably a Stop light at Kenyon, stop signs at Lamont, Park Road, and Newton, and then another stop light at Otis. Like it or not, many area drivers use Warder as a north bound alternative to Georgia Avenue or North Capital Street. After encountering the series of stops prior to Otis, I’ve witnessed drivers try to make up time by racing to the next stop sign at Rock Creek Church Road (which many treat as a suggested stop rather than a requirement). If the light at Otis is green, that is an extra block drivers use to pick up speed on their journeys north.

Due to the increased presence of children at this intersection and the habits of drivers on Warder Street, I believe the time has come to study the necessity of an additional stop sign at this intersection.


2011 Park View Kite Festival a Success

March 31, 2011

Last weekend’s kite festival organized by the Park View Kids Zone went off without a hitch. Despite early forecasts of rain, the day was sunny and windy — although a little on the cool side. Forty children participated, although they flew their kites at differing times. The Kids Zone’s Angela Strange was happy to report that the little homemade kites made by the children worked really well and flew as high as the store bought kite’s! Below are some images of the event.


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