The first of five short term phases of redevelopment has already debuted at RFK. The event kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches followed by a day of free, family friendly activities and a RFK beer garden.
On Saturday (6/8/19), Mayor Muriel Bowser and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) were joined by Events DC to celebrate the opening of The Fields at RFK Campus with city dignitaries, professional athletes and the DC community.
The Fields at RFK Campus have transformed 27-acres of asphalt into three new state-of-the-art artificial turf recreational fields with community amenities, part of restoring the Campus as one of the District’s original sports and entertainment corridors in the city.
While RFK is, technically, owned by the federal government, the District is making the fullest use of the property possible.
“This first phase is just the beginning for this campus as the District continues to seek full ownership in order to unlock its true potential with housing and other multi-use development,” said Bowser. “Through smart planning and a little creativity, we can have it all – the amenities of a big city, a vibrant waterfront, and ample green space.”
The three multi-purpose recreational and community playing fields are made of artificial turf and will be available to the public during day and evening hours for open play. The fields will also be reserved for amateur sports programs, leagues, and tournament. The fields include layouts to accommodate soccer, kickball, lacrosse, baseball, softball…
In addition to the fields, there is a 6,000-square-foot
celebration pavilion, public restrooms, a playground and picnic space. The complex also highlights increased green space, walking and bike paths, dedicated parking and mobile chargers for parents-on-the-go.