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Give Input on Name of RFK Fields

Events DC is looking for resident input as it prepares to name the recreational fields on the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium Campus.

Work is ongoing on the site with expected completion in late spring, Events DC said in an email earlier this month. Assembly of new light poles that will allow for continued play after the sun goes down has been completed.

Ground was broken on the fields in August 2018. The three multi-purpose recreational and community playing fields will be made of artificial turf and will be available to the public during day and evening hours. The layout includes one youth soccer field, two baseball diamonds, two full soccer fields and two lacrosse fields with bleacher seating for approximately 300 people.

Officials and dignitaries break ground on the three new multi-purpose fields under construction at RFK Stadium Campus August 29. Photo: Khalid Naji-Allah/Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser

In addition, there will be a picnic area and playground, as well as a 6,000-square-foot pavilion with food and beverage stations and restrooms with changing areas. The fields represent a new connection for the Campus to the Anacostia River and surrounding communities.

Events DC said that a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued to engage an operator for the fields. The winning party will be responsible for the day-to-day schedule, overseeing sports programming and field utilization and develop policies, procedures and rental rate structure. Events DC will coordinate facility maintenance and security as well as program large scale events in conjunction with the operator.

The fields are the first of the five short-term program elements designed to of restoring the Campus as one of the District’s original sports and entertainment corridors in the city. The short-term plans contain five components: the multipurpose fields, a market hall, a sports and recreation complex, pedestrian bridges connecting the west and east banks of the Anacostia River to Heritage and Kingman Islands and the RFK Democracy Center, a planned new memorial site for Robert F. Kennedy, for whom the stadium is named.

Complete the survey online soon. The survey will close on Friday, April 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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