Much progress has been made in the design of the new playground planned for the park next to the Southwest Library at 3rd & I Street. Above is a draft schematic plan rendering done by DC-based landscape architect LAB, which shows a fan-shaped play area in the upper part of the park for children ages 5-12 and a fenced off oval area adjacent to the side of the library for children ages 2-5. Both play areas will have rubber surfacing. The lower area of the park where all of the concrete walkways intersect will have a brick surface. In addition, brick seat walls will be incorporated along a part of the walkways. A ramp will be created in the upper play area to make that area ADA compliant (a second ramp may also be built on the east side of the park). A water fountain may also be added.
|Portion of proposed play area for children ages 5-12.|
The Southwest Playground Project (SWPP), which is a project of the Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council, was able to raise over $100,000 for the playground and secured an additional $250,000 in the District’s FY 2013 budget. There will be a community meeting held on Saturday, August 18 at 11am at Westminster Church (400 I Street) to gather feedback on the proposed design. What do you think of the plan?
Schematic Plan Rendering courtesy of LAB