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Stead Park Construction Progresses

Mon., Sep. 8: Phase II starts with expected completion in November. During this time, some metered parking spaces along the east side Church Street will be temporarily unavailable since they will be reserved for construction materials staging. Demolition and excavation at the sub-grade level are complete, as is below ground piping other than that for the splash pad area. The lighting fixtures for the athletic field have been installed and the pouring of concrete for the sidewalks and running track has started. While this is being done, the removal of approximately 120 truck loads of excavated dirt will be undertaken after which the field leveled.

The Stead Park project includes the complete renovation of the existing athletic field featuring artificial turf, a rubberized running track around the field’s perimeter, a children’s splash pool, a stage for community events, and new landscaping and shade trees. Bio-retention areas have been included in the design to improve on site storm water retention and. For background, see “Dupont Circle’s Stead Park Athletic Field Redevelopment Soon to Start; Further Plans for Park’s Rehab Endorsed by Neighbors,” InTowner, July 2014 issue PDF, page 1; http://tinyurl.com/qcb6cfx.

The August 6th groundbreaking event attracted an enthusiastic crowd of about 50 neighbors and heard remarks by Mayor, ANC Commissioner Kishan Putta (his single member district includes the park), Friends of Stead Park President Chris Dorment and Department of General Services Deputy Director June Locker.