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Earth Day Brings Park View Park Cleanup Event

April 25, 2013
Volunteers Working at Earth Day Cleanup.

Volunteers Working at Earth Day Cleanup.

Guest post by Sarah Sorscher

A few neighbors celebrated Earth Day by giving back to the community at the newly renovated Park View Park. At the Earth Day Park and Community Cleanup on Saturday April 20th, neighbors joined volunteers from the Event Promotion firm, PMG, to weed and clear the area between the high and short fences separating the Park View Park multipurpose field from Princeton Place. PMG volunteers had traveled from as far as Florida to attend the Earth Day Broccoli Festival. They took time from a busy weekend of sightseeing and festival work to make a positive contribution to our community. Thanks PMG!

Committed neighbors who came to the park for the event and loaned tools had a big impact, as did the kids who pitched in and made an adult-sized difference.

The event was sponsored by the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition and Friends of Park View Park. Organizers hope to continue to hold monthly gardening events at the park throughout the summer.

Below are some additional photos from the event.

Kids at Earth Day Cleanup

Family at Earth Day Cleanup

Couple at Earth Day Cleanup

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Easter Egg Hunt/Cookout At Park View Rec this Saturday

March 28, 2013

Egg Hunt 2013

Here’s an event that will help break in the newly renovated Park View Recreation Center. This Saturday, March 30, from 1 p.m. to 4  p.m. the Park View Kids Zone will have a moon bounce, snow cones, face painting, relay games, kickball, tug of war, and and egg hunt for the kids. They will also have a spades, uno, and dominos area set up for the older folks and a 3 on 3 basketball tournament happening for high school teens & adults, male and females are welcome to play! Teams need to register by 2 p.m. on Saturday at the sign up table! There will also be food and drinks for everyone! The entire neighborhood is invited to come out!

The days schedule will be as followed:

  • 1 p.m.: Moon Bounce, food, free play, face painting, card games, and music throughout the day!
  • 2 p.m: 3 on 3 Basketball tournament & Free Throw Contest will start and go until 4 p.m.! Relay games and tug of war will start!
  • 3 p.m.: Neighborhood Kickball Game (All ages)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Egg Hunt for kids will start
  • 4 p.m.: Announce winners of 3 on 3 Basketball tournament! Event ends.

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Photos from Park View Recreation’s Ribbon Cutting

March 26, 2013

DSC_1750As I announced last week, Park View Recreation Center hosted a ribbon cutting on Saturday,  March 23rd, to celebrate the completion of renovations in the main building. Mayor Gray, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, Director Aguirre, and ANC Commissioner Boese were among the speakers at the event. Ward 4 Councilmember Bowser also stopped by briefly near the end of the event.

Video of the event was taken and will be released after editing. I’ll be sure to post it when its available. In the mean time, enjoy these photos from the event. (I’d like to thank the Mayor’s office for sharing many of these photographs with me).

Mayor Gray addressing the community

Mayor Gray addressing the community

Commissioner Boese addressing the community, with Councilmember Graham and Mayor Gray, and DPR Director Aguirre in the background.

Commissioner Boese addressing the community, with Councilmember Graham, Mayor Gray, and DPR Director Aguirre in the background.

Cutting the ribbon.

Cutting the ribbon.

Mayor Gray and Park View site manager Craig Hughes.

Mayor Gray and Park View site manager Craig Hughes.

Mayor Gray inspecting new computers in the community room.

Mayor Gray inspecting new computers in the community room.

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Reminder: Ribbon Cutting at Park View Recreation Center Tomorrow at Noon

March 22, 2013

Here’s a reminder about tomorrow’s ribbon cutting at Park View Recreation Center as well as additional details. According to the announcement (below), Mayor Gray, Councilmember Graham, and representatives from DPR and DGS will be in attendance.

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Ribbon Cutting for Park View Recreation Set for March 23rd

March 18, 2013
Exterior improvement included new signage and paint.

Exterior improvement included new signage and paint.

At long last, the Park View Recreation Center is set to reopen. This Saturday, March 23rd, Mayor Gray (and presumably others) is scheduled to officially reopen Park View with a ribbon cutting at noon. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the much-needed improvements to one of the neighborhood’s core community assets.

I’ll post more details as I get them. Consider attending. It’s a good opportunity to meet new neighbors and meet District officials.

I’m including photos to give a preview of some of the improvements that have been accomplished.

New check-in counter located at the entrance.

New check-in counter located at the entrance.

View from the front of the building looking toward the rear.

View from the front of the building looking toward the rear.

The renovations included a completely new kitchen.

The renovations include a completely new kitchen.

New furniture is throughout the building, like those shown here in the community meeting room.

New furniture is throughout the building, like those shown here in the community meeting room.

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Park View Rec Getting New Otis Place Fence

March 6, 2013
The rec center's fence along Otis Place as it was on February 15th.

The rec center’s fence along Otis Place as it was on February 15th.

In mid-February, the fence along Otis Place at the Park View Recreation Center gave out. Upon examination, it seems likely that the primary cause was deterioration of the concrete retaining wall which supported it. Even the sections still in place show cracks where the fence posts are sunk into the wall.

I’m happy to see that DPR has chosen to replace the fence with a higher fence along Otis Place set back and anchored into the earth. Last year during the field renovations several residents had raised the concern that the fence along Otis Place was too low — but there wasn’t any money in the budget to address it at that time. The primary concern was the relocation of the basketball court and the increased possibility of stray balls bouncing into the street.

The new, taller fence being installed along Otis Place.

The new, taller fence being installed along Otis Place.

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Renovation Update for Park View Recreation Center

February 13, 2013
Newly painted Park View Rec. building.

Newly painted Park View Rec. building.

This will (hopefully) be my last post about the renovations at the Park View Recreation Center before the building reopens. So far, the work that’s been done on this building in this round of construction far exceeds my expectations. That is not to say that I’ll be complacent about this facility or stop fighting for future improvements … but it’s nice to see that the community is finally getting real and concrete improvements after advocating for them for years.

Those involved in the process of improving Park View Rec. will recall that all the community was initially scheduled to get in this recent round or renovations was a resurfaced baseball field in 2009. Through significant community activism, we ultimately were able to get all of the outdoor spaces renovated and reprogrammed in 2012. Seizing on the opportunity to work with DPR, continued efforts to improve the center has resulted in the current work on the building, this being achieved after several community meetings during which all residents — new and old, black and white — expressed disgust with the dilapidated state of the building. While this work does not negate the need for a completely new building, it creates much needed improvements that will benefit the community while we explore what the future and priorities of the Park View Recreation Center center should be.

New signage on the building now correctly spells Park View.

New signage on the building now correctly spells Park View.

Two of my biggest issues with the exterior of the building have been addressed during the process. On this, I have to give praise to DPR for listening. The first was simply to paint the building. Believe it or not, this is the first time the building has been painted by the District in over a decade. The most recent painting efforts were all volunteer based and, due to insurance liability, never included ladders to reach the entire building. It was high time that the District actually invest in this property with a professional paint job. I also like that the building is painted green and white. Not only are they DPR colors but they are also Park View’s official colors.

The other issue that has finally been corrected is the spelling on the building. The new signage now correctly spells “Park View” as two words. While this may seem like a small thing to many, to me it was symbolic of the respect and level of service we could expect from DPR. After all, if an agency doesn’t even care enough to correctly spell a community’s name, how much respect do they truly have for that community. Based on the new signage and amount of work we received at Park View over the past year, I feel confident that we have finally achieve a level of service that was lacking for years — and this includes the site manager Craig Hughes, who I also consider a huge improvement over his predecessors.

I’m hopeful others agree that this latest round of construction adds value to the community. When the site reopens later this month, stop by and get to know the staff. Or better yet, come to the March UNC meeting to see it first hand, meet your neighbors, and become involved in shaping the future of Park View.

I sneak peek at some of the interior work at Park View Recreation.

I sneak peek at some of the interior work at Park View Recreation.

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Renovation Work at Park View Rec Making Good Progress Despite Slipping Schedule

January 22, 2013
State of renovation work at Park View Rec as of January 21, 2013.

State of renovation work at Park View Rec as of January 21, 2013.

The $400,000 renovation work at the main facility of the Park View Recreation Center appears to be taking a little longer than originally planned. As readers may recall, the original schedule announced in November 2012 had the work wrapping up by mid-January 2013. I’ve recently been informed in a round about manner that the work may not be completed until early February based on progress at the site.

However, base on the progress that’s been made, I certainly don’t think this minor delay is anything to be concerned about. It’s clear that real progress is being made. On the interior, walls have been removed and opened up to make the space more functional. On the outside, the planters around the building have been removed and (as seen below) the metal anti-loitering ridges on the retaining walls at Warder and Princeton have been installed.

Metal anti-loitering hardware installed on the retaining wall at Warder and Princeton.

Metal anti-loitering hardware installed on the retaining wall at Warder and Princeton.

Also on the exterior, I’m also thrilled to see that the Parkview Recreation Center sign on the Otis Place side of the building has been removed. I’ve been advocating for years that the signage on the building needed to be changed if for no other reason than that the neighborhood’s name was misspelled as one word. I’ve been assured that this is to be corrected in the new signage and will definitely stay on top of this.

The old rec center sign has been removed to facilitate exterior work on the facility.

The old rec center sign has been removed to facilitate exterior work on the facility.

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Park View Playground in 1938

January 11, 2013

I’ve been looking for a good photo of the old Park View Playground for a while now, and finally I’ve found one. While the scan below isn’t the best, at least I now know of another image I need a good scan of (future goal).

The photo dates to August 26, 1938, and shows the playground from the school. Princeton Place is in the background. This photo was taken a mere six years after the field house was built and wading pool installed. It also shows swings along Warder Street, teeter totters along Princeton to the east of the field house, and I believe a tennis court to the west of the field house.Park View playground 8 26 1938(Image: Star Collection, D.C. Public Library, (c) Washington Post)

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Park View Rec Center Renovation Update

January 8, 2013

I wanted to post a quick update on the anti-loitering metal strips that are planned for the knee walls along the Warder Street and Princeton Place corner of the property. I was informed late yesterday that they should be installed either this week or next week. Of all the improvements being made to Park View Rec, this is among those that I get the most questions about.

Below is a photo to give some sense of what is happening inside.

Park View Rec 2013 renovations

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