While many focus on the traditional brick and mortar recreation facilities, for this blog posted I want to focus on an additional option I call “Open Recreation.” When I first moved to the District, I lived in the Trinidad neighborhood in Ward 5. Down the street from my house was the Joseph Cole Recreation Center. The city tore down the outdated facility and built a newer one in a larger space in another part of the neighborhood.
In the old space, DPR built an open recreation space that did wonders for the neighborhood. It included a sports field, a toddler’s play ground and splash park, a pay area for older kids and a picnic area for families.
I think this would be a great option for the area behind Ketcham Elementary School. It would keep an
Building a brick and mortar recreation center would also be an option but I think it should be built in a different location.
A better option for a recreation center is to build an all out sports, health and recreation facility at Q St SE. The space is large enough to build a multi-story facility that can include basketball and racquetball courts, a full service gym, a kids space, counseling centers, eateries, etc. I saw this type of facility at the Prince Georges County Sports and Learning Complex. This could be truly a signature center that could serve as a model for the rest of city. Q St SE would allow you the space to make it happen.
See pics below.
|Open field for teenagers and adults = Football, soccer, etc.|
|Play area for toddlers|
|Picnic area for families|
|Splash Park for the kids|
|Walking area and great landscaping|
|More great landscaping and open space.|
|Play area for older kids|