Sunday, January 12, 2014

DPR Temporarily Closes Barry Farm Recreation Center

Friday, January 10, 2014

DPR Temporarily Closes Barry Farm Recreation Center
Ward 8 to Receive Brand New Recreation Center

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contact: John Stokes, (202) 288-7275,

(Washington, DC) - Today, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that the Barry Farm Recreation Center (1230 Sumner Rd., SE) will be closed starting Friday, January 10, 2014, through December 2014. The current recreation center will be demolished to make way for a brand new center. While it is under construction, programming will relocate to the Birney School (2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE - entrance is on the parking lot side), starting Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

The Barry Farm Recreation Center will undergo a complete transformation. The Department of General Services (DGS) will work with DPR on the centers' construction. The new center will be a 30,000 gross-square foot, LEED-certified facility that will include a gymnasium with spectator seating, multipurpose room, kitchen, fitness room, teens' room, game area, computer lab, a seniors' room and lounge.

The outdoor spaces will include a new synthetic athletic field for football, baseball and soccer with spectator seating and press box; two new basketball courts; new play space; parking garage and courtyard. The outdoor pool is being converted to an indoor pool facility with lap lanes and a leisure pool with a slide and dump bucket features. The brand new Play DC playground will feature a launch pad, rocket and planet theme. The playground and pool are slated for completion in the summer of 2014.

Residents are asked to remain off the grounds while construction takes place.

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