New Play Surface to Be Installed at Girard Street Park

Girard park, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a pretty weak park.

So I was super happy to receive this press release:

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will begin installation of a new play surface in the center area of the Girard Street Park, located next to the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St, NW, on Monday, September 15, 2008.

DPR has worked with the local community during the planning process, and based upon this input, DPR will replace the existing natural grass play surface with a new multi-colored poured-in-place rubber play surface in the central open space of this park. The new rubber playing surface will better withstand the high use of this playground.

During the project, all work areas will be closed to the public, including the playground and seating areas. The basketball court and access to the nearby community garden will remain open, with access to both from Girard Street, NW.

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  • I love it! It reminds me of a school in Northern Va that had poured rubber like this. The picture was a giant map of the US with all the states in different colors. It was so fun to play on and we used to see who could run across the US and touch the least amount of states or other random games we made up.

  • is the red blob petworth? or am i being ridiculous and it’s something completely obvious..

  • Can they get rid of the loiterers, dealers, and other undesirables while they’re at it?

  • It should read “BIENVENIDOS,” in plural and not “Bienvenida,” as it it would mean that only one female is welcome. Who can I contact them to correct this gaffe? It reminds me of the misspelled signs all over Mount Pleasant that read “Mount Pleasant en la CUIDAD un pueblo.”

    ¿Qué opinan los amigos de la lengua española?

    El Puma

  • Prince Of Petworth

    The media contact is John A. Stokes, (202) 673-2195 but I’m sure he could refer you to the right person. Good eye!

  • I just realized that the Portuguese phrase has the same mistake, it should read “BEM-VINDOS” instead of “Bem-Vindas”. Oh Portuguese, alguém aquí gostaria de falar comigo? Eu adoro essa língua, é beleza mesama…and if not, I recommend you to listen to “Aguas de marco” of Elis Regina…

    O Puma

  • The feminine usage might be on purpose, you know. like advertising to mothers (or nannies) in a more personal way.

    I could also see this map playing an ironic role: dealers dividing up turf within the city.

  • Dividing the “turf” ahahahahahahahhaha, you got it!!!

    Now regarding the feminine usage, it could be on purpose. I am all for gender equality, even in the Spanish and Portuguese language, a new trend I have experienced (and used too) is the Gender discourse, es decir, BIENVENIDOS y BIENVENIDAS, ARQUITECTOS Y ARQUITECTAS, ABOGADOS Y ABOGADAS, HOMBRES Y MUJERES (Welcome, architects, lawyers, men and women).

    El Puma

  • @DCrad– The “red blob” is Ward One, in which this park is located.

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