Mayor Vincent C. Gray Breaks Ground For Playground Improvement Projects "East of the River"

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, DC Department of General Services, and DC Department of Parks and Recreations launch the Playground Improvement Project. Play DC is the largest playground renovation project in the the District of Columbia's history.

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DGS at Play DC Ground Breaking

DGS Director Brian Hanlon at Play DC Ground Breaking

"Engaging residents and communities to gather input helps us build playgrounds that reflect each DC community," said DGS Director Brian Hanlon.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 14, 2013

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, DC Department of General Services, and DC Department of Parks and Recreation officially broke ground today on all playground projects "East of the River." These playground projects are a part of the bigger Playground Improvement Project - Play DC. Play DC is the largest playground renovation project in the District of Columbia's history.

As part of the Play DC project, Mayor Gray tasked DPR with identifying the playgrounds across the city most in need of renovations. Initially this project was to be a multi-year endeavor as the District worked to improve all of the playgrounds in DPR’s inventory. However, Mayor Gray prioritized this initiative and worked with his budget team to identify additional end-of-year capital funds to both add additional playgrounds to the project and accelerate the pace of renovations. As a result, a total of 32 playgrounds are either currently under renovation or will begin renovation this year. DPR currently operates 78 playgrounds. In recent months, several of them have been renovated, including playgrounds in Shaw, Columbia Heights, Bloomingdale, Shepherd Park and Chevy Chase.

“Improving every resident’s quality of life is one of the main goals of my One City Action Plan, and 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.”

The Playground Improvement Project - Play DC is a collaboration between DC Department of General Services and DC Department of Parks and Recreation to renovate play spaces within the District.

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

Before finalizing the designs and plans for each communities' playground project, DGS and DPR engaged with residents to gather their input for the future of their play space.

"Engaging residents and communities to gather input helps us build playgrounds that reflect each DC community," said DGS Director Hanlon. "The renovation of these play spaces will elevate the District's quality of life and increase the accessibility of space for exercise, play, and community events.

THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES:

The mission of the Department of General Services (DGS) is to elevate the quality of life for the District with superior construction, first-rate maintenance and expert real estate management. By building and maintaining safe and green state-of-the-art facilities which foster economic growth and elevate educational environments, our trusted and skillful employees create modern and vibrant communities across all of the District of Columbia.

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