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Stead Park Redesign Community Meeting this Wednesday

by Borderstan.com October 2, 2012 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

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

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The proposed changes to Stead Park will be presented to the public on Wednesday night. (Courtesy Friends of Stead Park)

A meeting on the recently proposed design changes to Stead Park will take place on Wednesday, October 3 at 7 pm at the DC Jewish Community Center (16th and Q Streets NW). The Stead Park Recreation Center and field are a 1.5-acre facility located at 1625 P Street NW.

The topic on Stead Park’s design has been a source of controversy with community members.

For the past nine months, Friends of Stead Park, an organization that works with a private trust and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation to run the park, worked to upgrade the field at Stead Park. According to Jeff Garigliano, treasurer of Friends of Stead Park, the space is in need of some “desperate love.”

“The grass is patchy at best and the fence (16-feet high, falling over in spots) cuts the field off from the rest of the park,” said Garigliano in a guest post for Borderstan. “The site looks like a minimum security prison. Because of these factors, it usually sits empty on weekdays. Adult sports leagues use the field many weeknights and weekends, but there’s not much there for anyone else — no shade, no place to sit.”

However, not all members of the community are as open to the change. Martin Espinoza, co-founder of Stonewall Sports and ANC 2B-04 candidate, started a petition in light of the proposed re-design changes, called “Save Stead Park.” According to Espinoza’s petition, the proposed plans will reduce the active field space at Stead Park by 25 percent, which could jeopardize current community leagues such as soccer, volleyball and kickball.

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Stead Park: The recreation field is to the north. (Luis Gomez Photos)

According to Garigliano, Friends of Stead Park spent several months reaching out to neighborhood groups (parent listservs, the PTA organizations at Ross and Garrison, day care centers, 17th Street NW businesses and leaders of the sports leagues) to gauge the wants and needs of local residents for the space.

Wednesday night’s meeting is a chance for community members to come and see the result of the integrated plan, and for residents to add further suggestions.

And for those who can’t make it to the meeting, Garigliano openly invites questions and comments. He can be reached at jeff.garigliano[AT]gmail.com.

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Comments (1)

  1. I hope the proposed changes go forward–I have a young child and live near Stead Park and can attest that I rarely see people there during the work day hours, despite the lack of green space in the area, and the crowds of kids in the adjacent playgrounds. It would be nice if the older kids had a place to run around during the day. The only time I’ve been on that field with my child in the last year was for an Easter Bunny event.

    Hopefully, Stead will become more like other parks in the area which are full of strollers and elderly enjoying the outdoors, and more time for kid sports leagues too.

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