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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Members of D.C. Council Announce Beginning of Playground Renovations
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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Members of D.C. Council Announce Beginning of Playground Renovations

 

From Robert Marus: Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 6 Councilmember and Chairman of the Committee on Parks, Recreation and Libraries Tommy Wells, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Jesus Aguirre, and Department of General Services (DGS) Acting Director Brian Hanlon today announced the beginning of the Playground Improvement Project to renovate existing playgrounds in the District of Columbia. The project is funded by $9.3 million in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which was passed by the D.C. Council on June 5. 

 

“Every child in the District should have a safe and inviting place to play,” said Mayor Gray. “Renovating these playgrounds is an investment in the well-being of our children that will pay dividends for years to come.”

 

There are 78 playgrounds operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation. In recent months several of them have been renovated, including playgrounds in Shaw, Columbia Heights, Shepherd Park and Chevy Chase. The $9.3 million in the FY 2013 Budget will allow DPR to renovate several more playgrounds.

 

“This budget demonstrates a shared commitment by the Mayor and the Council to rebuilding our neighborhoods and puts a new emphasis on activating our public parks, playgrounds and public spaces,” Councilmember Wells said.

 

DPR and DGS are conducting an analysis to determine which remaining playgrounds are most in need of renovation and how many can be renovated with the new funding. 

 

“DPR is pleased that the District is supporting the renovations of playgrounds across the city,” DPR Director Jesus Aguirre said. “Play is a fundamental need for children and youth, and their positive exercise experience will lead to avoidance of weight gain, higher self-esteem and reduction of risk factors for disease.”

 

Criteria that will be used to determine which playgrounds receive renovations include: 

 

·        Age and condition of existing equipment

·        Internal risk management audits

·        Community needs

·        Existing usage

·        Existing surfacing

·        Accessibility 

·        Demographics – community trends and forecast

·        Existing infrastructure (water, electricity, etc.)

·        Operations and maintenance

·        Proximity to other playgrounds/parks.

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