Join Meeting on Renovation of Garfield Park

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Garfield Park (800 Third St. SE) is pictured in this 2019 file photo. E.O'Gorek/CCN

Please join the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Department of General Services (DGS) to discuss the highly anticipated renovation of historic Garfield Park.

The meeting takes online via Webex from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20.

The park, located between New Jersey Avenue and Third Street SE with F Street to the north and I 695 to the south, has volleyball and tennis courts as well as preschool and elementary playgrounds as well as green space.

The park opens to the underpass. Neighbors say that much of the equipment and infrastructure is in need of upgrade.

Named for the 20th US President, James Garfield, the park is part of the original L’Enfant Plan. By 1948, Garfield Park was really two parks; the east side, used for “colored” recreation, the west side for whites.

The play spaces at Garfield were part of a 1949 “experiment” with the racial integration of play areas in the District. At the end of the summer, the project that was continued at two play areas: Garfield and Rose Park, in Georgetown.

The park was formerly the site of a wading pool. In 1969, part of the park was given to the District for the construction of the I 695. A basketball court was constructed under the overpass to compensate for the loss of property. Lakers Great Elgin Bayer lived a few blocks north on Duddington Place.

The park was made District property in 1972. In 1998, a Friends of Garfield Park organization was founded.

What will Garfield Park look like next? You can help make those decisions.

Join the Meeting

Join Webex Meeting:
https://dcnet.webex.com/dcnet/j.php?MTID=ma65c8361842721afd122157a91d030fa

To Join by Phone:

  • +1-202-860-2110 United States Toll (Washington D.C.)
  • 1-650-479-3208 Call-in number (US/Canada)
  • Attendee access code 360 353 07

Learn more about the meeting by visiting garfieldpark.splashthat.com