On Friday August 30, 2013, at 10 a.m., Mayor Vincent Gray will cut the ribbon for the new Fort Greble playground on Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue and Elmira Street, SW.
Gray will be joined by Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry; Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Jesus Aguirre; Department of General Services (DGS) Deputy Director of Capital Construction Services June Locker; Leckie Elementary School Principal Atasha James; ANC Commissioner Thea Dyson; and ANC Commissioner Jay Lee, as well as other city leaders, parents, and government officials.
Fort Greble's playground is the newest addition to the promise that Gray made when he was elected mayor to create safe places for children to play across the city. Ft. Greble is the tenth of 32 centers the mayor promised to open. The design of Fort Greble is inspired by local Civil War history and incorporates play elements from history and nature.
Fort Greble Recreation Center is part of Gray's Sustainable DC initiative. The park will feature a green roof pavilion and an extensive storm water management system for its new community garden.
The center will also feature a Pebble Flex (R) safety surface for the playground, an artificial field turf, new slash pad, picnic tables, barbecue grills and a new parking lot with reinforced turf. There will also be an outdoor classroom and new basketball courts and bleachers.