Posted tagged ‘Park View Rec Center’

Restoration of Park View Playground Field House Begins

April 15, 2015

The work to renovate the historic Park View playground field house began on Monday, April 13, 2015, after the contract with KADCON was finalized at the end of March. The work that began on Monday encompasses hazardous abatement which will continue until April 24. Demolition work is scheduled to begin on April 27th. The entire project is aiming for a completion date of July 31st, 2015.

Park View field house

Park View Field House Renovations On Track for January

December 9, 2014
Field house at the Park View Rec Center in 2009.

Field house at the Park View Rec Center in 2009.

Here’s a brief update on where things stand with renovating the field house at the Park View Recreation Center. At this time:

  1. The construction drawings are 100% complete and have been submitted and approved by the Historic Preservation Office;
  2. The same construction drawings are currently being reviewed by DCRA so a building construction permit can be issued. It is anticipated that the permit will be issued anytime now;
  3. The RFP (request for proposal) was issued by the procurement office and a pre-proposal conference was held last week;
  4. A site walkthrough with interested bidders was held this past Friday (December 5);
  5. Contractor’s bids will be due on December 18th;
  6. Once bids are submitted, they will be reviewed and a contractor will be selected. The goal is to have a contractor on board by early January so the renovation can being mid to late January; and,
  7. A hazardous material survey will be performed while the building permit is under review and the contractor procurement is finalized.

This is all very promising, and I will continue to report progress as more details are known.

Details on the Park View Field House Renovation Project

October 1, 2014
The field house at the Park View playground as it neared completion on September 8, 1932

The field house at the Park View playground as it neared completion on September 8, 1932

Late yesterday, I received a list from the Department of Parks and Recreation that gives some insight into where things stand with the planned renovations to the historic field house at the Park View Recreation Center, as well as the scope of work that is to be undertaken.

Preserving, renovating, and putting the field house back into community use has been among my community priorities. I believe that restoring the structure and having it available for community use continues the progress we have already seen at Park View Recreation, and makes the playground much more flexible in supporting multiple groups using the center.

Funds to renovate the field house were a result of my testimoney on March 29, 2013, at the DPR Budget hearings.  Councilmember Graham briefly attended the hearing to lend his support for continuing the work already begun at Park View and announced the appropriation of $400,000 to renovate the structure on May 8, 2013.

Below is a list of what to expect with the Park View field house renovation in the coming months.

  • Queen Quinn Evans Architects has been retained to develop construction drawings for the renovation;
  • Queen Quinn Evans, DGS, DPR and HPO have been in communication in an effort to coordinate historical architectural details to make sure they are properly incorporated in the drawings;
  • Once drawings are complete, they will need to be submitted  to HPO for review and approval. It is anticipated that drawings will be submitted to HPO by late October;
  • The general scope of the work will consist of:
    • the removal of the porch enclosure to restore building’s historic integrity;
    • Restoration of exterior windows and doors;
    • Restoration of exterior brick;
    • Relocation of mechanical and electrical closets;
    • A new ADA compliant restroom;
    • Replacement of the roof;
    • Restoration of the interior stair case; and,
    • Installation of new finishes such as flooring, walls, light fixtures, etc
  • Upon HPOs approval, DGS will bid out the construction work to a general contractor for the construction and restoration.

I’m very excited about this and will share additional information as it becomes available.

12th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament Gets Underway

July 1, 2014

On Monday evening, June 30th, the 12th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament got underway with The Bank tipping off against Team Ducci. The 2014 tournament is scheduled to run from June 30th until August 23rd on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. At an earlier meeting, DPR staff and tournament organizers stated that the lights will stay on later this year to facilitate post-game clean up. I was also informed that games will be moved to nearby Raymond Recreation Center in the event of rain or when the heat index is too high.

The tournament began in 2002 to honor the memory of Torron Hopkins. Hopkins’ life was cut short when he, along with Antone Ruffin, was shot while sitting in a parked vehicle on the 3600 block of Warder Street on the evening of May 5, 2002. Both young men were residents of Park View.

The weather was ideal for the tournament last night. It was also nice to see that in addition to the tournament there was some pick up soccer on the adjacent field and a number of smaller children in the tot lot.

Below are two photos from last night.

2014 Ty Hop Tournament


Park View Playground Designated Historic Site

July 26, 2013
The Park View Playground, 1938.

The Park View Playground, 1938.

Yesterday, the Historic Preservation Review Board voted unanimously to add the Park View Playground to the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites and forward a nomination for the property to the National Register of Historic Places. The vote of the HPRB supported the favorable Historic Preservation Office’s staff report on the nomination that was released last week. On May 1, 2013, the neighboring Park View School was added to the National Register and in many ways the playground can be considered an extension of the school campus.

The chief elements of the landmark designation are the Albert Harris designed field house — one of six built of which only five remain — and the role the playground played in ending segregated playgrounds in the District of Columbia.  I’ve previously posted a brief history of the playground for those wanting to read more. The property has also been nominated for inclusion in the African American Heritage Trail.

Another Successful Gardening Event at the Park View Rec Center

May 22, 2013

Guest post from Sarah Sorscher —

Park View Park Garden Event 2The United Neighborhood Coalition and Friends of Park View Park sponsored their second gardening event at the Park View Park on May 18th. Turnout was high in spite of the light rain, and volunteers were able to plant and mulch the flower bed in front of the Rec Center, as well as pull up weeds and lay down fresh mulch in the area around the adult exercise equipment.

Department of Parks and Recreation provided mulch and tools for the event. Two local businesses also assisted: Annie’s Ace Hardware provided flowers at cost, and donated seeds and soil conditioner. PMG, an event organizing firm, brought close to a dozen volunteers.

Park View Park Garden Event 3The event closed out with a pizza party in the Rec Center. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

The next gardening event will be held on Saturday, June 22nd, with work from 10-1pm and pizza from 1-2pm. The organizers are still finalizing plans with DPR, but the event may include planting flowers in the interior courtyard of the Rec Center.

These gardening events are funded by donations from community members, and the organizers are always looking for more donations and volunteers.

After a successful day of gardening, everyone posed for a group photo.

After a successful day of gardening, everyone posed for a group photo. (photos by Dionne McDonald, link:

Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament Scheduled to Start on June 24th

May 21, 2013

As you can see from the flyer below, the annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament is schedule to start on June 24th and run through August 9th. This is at least a week shorter than last years tournament. Also, like last year, games are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Park View Recreation Center. I’m sure more details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
Ty Hop Tournament

Want to Learn to Hand Dance? Park View Rec has Monday Classes

May 14, 2013

I first learned that the Park View Recreation Center was offering Hand Dancing classes at the end of April, and by all accounts, the classes are extremely popular. I went to see for myself last night and was surprised at how quickly the room filled up. The classes are held on Mondays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and taught by Steven Mitchell. According to the Park View Spring/Summer programs for 2013, classes will be held through September 21st.

The video clips above and below will give an idea of what the class is like.

More Improvements Coming to Park View Recreation Center

May 9, 2013
Field house at the Park View Rec Center in 2009.

Field house at the Park View Rec Center in 2009.

A short time ago, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham announced that $400,000 was appropriated yesterday to renovate the historic 1932 field house at the Park View Recreation Center. Of all the short-term needs at Park View Rec, the field house was the most important and in the greatest need.

I’ve been a strong advocate of renovating the old field house and for a long-term master plan to completely rebuild the entire site in the not so distant future. On March 29th, I testified at the DPR Budget hearings to make a case for funding both. During the testimony, Councilmember Graham briefly attended to lend his support for continuing the work already begun at Park View.

As you can read from Coucilmember Graham’s announcement below, he was successful in working with Councilmember Barry to secure funding to renovate the filed house. Both Graham and Barry deserve a great deal of credit for supporting this project and ensuring it will move forward.

From area listservs: 

Dear friends,

I am pleased to tell you that, on my recommendation, Councilmember Barry took action yesterday in his committee, to appropriate $400,000 to renovate the “little house” at Parkview Recreation Center.  Thank you, Councilmember Barry!

With all the recent much-needed enhancements at Parkview–the rec center itself, the playing fields, basketball courts, shaded area–this will add significantly to our short-term renovation. The steadfast support of Mayor Vincent Gray has made the difference in all of that. And we thank him again!

It is my intention to work with ANC member Kent Boese–who also deserves credit for all his advocacy for this improvement– and other stakeholders to convene a community groups to determine the best approach for the new renovation.

I know there are longer term improvements that are desirable, such as a new, larger Rec Center building, and a consolidation with eth elementary school–but this is solid step forward.

Bests Councilmember Jim Graham

Park View Rec Center Starts Garden for Youth

May 2, 2013

The Park View Recreation Center has started a small garden for the community youth. With all the community gardens in the area, I’m pleased to see that the Rec Center has installed some raised beds for the children. They are located between the fences on the Princeton Place side of the property.

The raised beds of the youth garden.

The raised beds of the youth garden.


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