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Sunday: Friends of Stead Park to Present Updated Plan

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Proposed rendering of the Stead Park redesign. (Courtesy Friends of Stead Park)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

On Sunday, December 2, Friends of Stead Park will present updated plans to the park’s redesign project to members of the community at 10 am at the DC JCC (1529 16th Street NW).

In October, the Friends of Stead Park held a community meeting about proposed changes to the design of the field at Stead Park. Prior to the first meeting, a petition opposing the design was circulated by a local adult sports league that frequently uses the space. However, after the meeting, residents, board members and local officials worked together with Friends of Stead Park to build a plan that aims to address all of the aired concerns.

“The feedback we received was largely positive, but many people felt that we’d taken too much space away from the athletic field,” said Jeff Garigliano, a board member on the Friends of Stead Park committee.

Since October’s meeting, the board made a few tweaks to the proposed design, including, reducing some bench seating along the south wall and a grassy berm at the southwest corner.

“That adds valuable space back to the playing field, making it big enough to accommodate two simultaneous kickball games (a specific request from the adult sports leagues who use the park),” said Garigliano. “Yet the design still includes benches, shade trees, the walking track and the spray ground.

This weekend’s meeting allows community members to see the design changes and provide feedback on the updated plans. After the meeting, Friends of Stead Park will incorporate any comments and feedback from Sunday’s meeting into a final design, which will be presented to the ANC in early January for approval.

All are welcome to Sunday’s meeting.

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2 Responses to “Sunday: Friends of Stead Park to Present Updated Plan”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s great that this field will be improved so that more people can utilize it. There’s little green space in the city-it will be nice to have ways for a diverse spectrum of the population to use it for more hours of the day and more seasons of the year: joggers, walkers, little kids as well as the weekend sports teams who use it now. I also hope they find a way to keep the field open more hours of the day–right now it’s locked when the sports teams with permits are not using it.

  2. Sh says:

    No space whatsoever should be taken away from the playing field. There is precious little open grass space in the city. What’s the point of this “modification”? Is this for the rich mommy and daddy set?

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