“The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation has revised its plans to overhaul the playground at Guy Mason Recreation Center [3600 Calvert St.] in response to community feedback,” reports George Altshuler in the Georgetown Current. Equipment built by volunteers in 2008 to honor the late Lyles Parachini of Davis Street will now be preserved in the upcoming renovation, Altshuler writes. In addition, the construction will create better stroller access to the park, which sits next to Wisconsin Ave., down a huge flight of steps. The city will present its final design for the Guy Mason playground at 6:30 p.m. March 12, according to the Current.
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The Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert St.) playground will soon be renovated, the Northwest Current reports. On November 15, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that one million dollars in city funds had been allocated for upgrades to the tot lot. The effort is part of a District upgrade initiative called “Play DC”; a total of 40 playgrounds either have been or will be renovated under the program, the Current reports.
Though plans for Guy Mason’s play area have not yet been created, Dan Melman, president of the nonprofit Friends of Guy Mason booster group, told the paper that improvements might include equipment for older kids and better physical accessibility for all.
DPR will hold three community meetings to gather citizen input into the playground’s design, according to a notice posted on the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup. The first of these is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Guy Mason.
Like all city rec centers, Guy Mason (3600 Calvert St.) is closed on Sundays. But a move by a Guy Mason pottery instructor and the Friends of Guy Mason booster club may change that, The Georgetown Current reports. Pottery teacher John Kerr first suggested the extended schedule, and FOGM president Dan Melman told the Current that the move wouldn’t cost the city any extra money. “The air conditioning is on whether anyone is in the building or not,” he told the paper. “Why not use these services that are provided?” A meeting between advocates of the idea and the director of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is scheduled for next month, Kerr told the Current.
This just in from the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup:
Saturday April 13th!
LIVE! GUY MASON PLAYGROUND EXTRAVAGANZA! BE THERE!
Friends of Guy Mason Rec Center and Playground is hosting an afternoon EXTRAVAGANZA on Saturday, April 13th from 12:30pm to 3pm.
Featuring (for kids and adults):
– A high-flying, board-breaking, karate-chopping, black belt enter-the-dragon type demonstration by KICKS KARATE
– Little girl manicures by HEADS AND NAILS
– Free MAX’s ICE CREAM (while supplies last)
– And a DC FIRETRUCK with DC’s Finest Firemen (and maybe a water canon demonstation, too!)
Also on Saturday the 13th, we are having a small park and playground cleanup at 8am with coffee and bagels…if you like the park, use the playground, stop by for a little light work to help keep the playground clean. We hope to see you then!
Renovations to the Guy Mason dog park should be complete and the park reopened by early December, the Georgetown Patch reports. The park, adjacent to the recreation center parking lot at 3600 Calvert St., closed in mid-October for construction after its designation as an official D.C. government dog park.
Quoting an email from Adriana Cordero and Amanda MacKaye, coordinators of the all-volunteer Dogs of Guy Mason Alliance (DOGMA), the Patch states:
“The ground has been leveled, the trees and shrubs carefully marked so as not to be disturbed, and the five-foot-tall fence is up. The infrastructure and foundation for the water fountain is in place. When all is done we will have a nice, updated dog park, with four benches, two trashcans, and two poop bag dispensers. [The Department of Parks and Recreation] has ok’d for the use of mulch as ground cover as we had before, instead of gravel.”
A contributor to the “I Saw Your Nanny” blog reports having witnessed a disturbing scene at Guy Mason this morning: a nanny responsible for a little girl allowed the child to wander into harm’s way near the swing set and then treated her carelessly on the swings. “She just dropped your daughter into the swing without properly getting her legs through the holes of the swing, which looked unsafe,” the contributor writes in an open letter to the child’s parents. “When she took her out of the swing, she did it so roughly that your daughter’s leg got smacked on the hard rim of the swing, and the nanny did not apologize.”
The nanny in question has black hair and speaks Spanish. The child is a 2- or 3-year-old girl with white-blond hair that’s usually worn in a ponytail with bangs clipped to the side. She favors pink dresses “that look like they came straight out of ‘The Magic Wardrobe’ shop window,” according to the contributor, and her stroller is a tan-seated Stokke Xplory model.
On October 11, the Savoy Suites Hotel (2505 Wisconsin Ave.) will host a cocktail reception and fundraiser for Friends of Guy Mason, the nonprofit group that helps maintain the Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert St.).
Although Guy Mason is a city-run facility, Friends of Guy Mason augments what the government’s stretched budget is able to provide. In the past, the group has maintained the center’s tree canopy and fragrance garden; installed new playground equipment; and led community cleanup days. “We promise to continue to be strong advocates for the interests of students, faculty, and guests inside the building as well as all the outdoor users,” writes FOGM president Dan Melman in a statement to Glover Parkers. “As we build upon our past successes, we ask you to support us in our efforts to steward and improve our local treasure. We cannot do it without you.”
The October 11 event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $60 each and can be purchased at the Friends of Guy Mason website.
On Friday, two Guy Mason Recreation Center workers were attacked inside the 3600 Calvert St. facility, The Washington Post reports. The Post states that a man entered the building and accused the two victims of taking his belongings. He slammed one woman into a file cabinet and threw her across the floor; pushed another person against a wall; threw a coffee pot; and pulled a phone from the wall, the Post states. The suspect, who has no fixed address, was arrested, according to a police department spokesman.
A poster to the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup suggests a possible motivation for the assault. For some time, a homeless man had been camping at Guy Mason and picking up trash on the grounds, she writes. On Wednesday, the list member saw “four police cars, one motorcycle cop, and a larger police vehicle (all Secret Service, not DC)” speed to the man’s encampment, where he was standing with a Guy Mason employee. “The Guy Mason employee, the homeless man, and the police were still there about 20 minutes later when I walked by with my dog,” the list member writes. “They were photographing the homeless man.”
On Friday, the list member noticed that the homeless man’s belongings “were suddenly gone.” She speculates that a confrontation on Wednesday may have led to the removal of the homeless man’s belongings on Friday, which in turn triggered the violent outburst.
Adapted from the April 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
As it stands, there’s widely rumored to be a three-dog maximum at Guy Mason already, but the rule is not consistently observed, and it isn’t written down anywhere, as far as Melman knows. Dog walkers sometimes bring as many as 10 dogs to the park, which some local dog owners appreciate as extra playmates for their pets, but others eye warily as potentially uncontrolled animals. Some posters to the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup have complained of feeling crowded out of the park by unruly play.
The Department of Parks and Recreation first started encouraging its parks to formalize their dog play areas in late 2007, Melman says, but at the time, Guy Mason’s dog run wasn’t targeted because the building was due for a complete renovation. Sometime within the past year, though, a Department of Parks and Recreation employee told Melman that the Guy Mason dog park was “on the radar again,” he says. Melman declined to identify the official, but says that he understood the statement as a threat to the very existence of the dog run. “There is no reason for that fence to be there,” he explains. “That fence could disappear tomorrow.” DPR spokesman John Stokes confirms that the agency “has been reaching out to the community to actively manage the park.”
In a phone conversation, Melman seemed more concerned with the preservation of the dog run than with the possible banishment of dog walkers—or the rise in local dog-walking rates that might be created if walkers can only exercise a few dogs at a time. But some of the people who volunteered for the committee have expressed support for the walkers, even as others have expressed reservations.
The committee was planning its first meeting at press time.
Photograph by Adriana Cordero