The Petworth Recreation Center, located at 8th and Taylor Streets NW, was updated many years ago and became a popular place for children, families and community activities. Now it's getting ready to be renovated again to the tune of $2 million dollars, and the Department of Parks and Recreation and the community group Friends of Petworth Park want to hear your thoughts on how to spend that money.
This is a heavily used park by residents, local schools and day cares, as well as numerous DPR programs held every day throughout the year. With a popular spray park, basketball courts, playground equipment and the large grassy area, enhancing the park has been a goal for many residents.
DPR will hold a meeting to discuss changes and enhancements to the park on Thursday, December 7th at 6:30pm until 8pm at the Raymond Rec Center (3725 10th Street NW).
The president of the Friends of Petworth Park (FOPP) community group, Sarah Gabriel, is excited to see the renovation planning final begin and to have it include resident input. "Rarely do we have the opportunity to have direct input on something as important as the future design of a public space that benefits the entire community,"
Lucan Pipkin, FOPP board member, agreed, stressing that it was important to have as many people involved as possible. "We encourage everyone to come out to learn more about the process, provide initial input, and learn how to stay engaged to ensure the end result meets the needs of our Petworth community. The Friends of Petworth Park will also work to keep Petworth updated on additional ways to provide input into this effort."
If you want to learn more about what DPR intends to do at the park, and contribute to those changes, come to the meeting.