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The 25th annual Glover Park Day neighborhood festival is happening today, June 7, from 11 am-5 pm at Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert St.). There’ll be music, a food court, crafters, activities for kids, and representatives from community organizations and other interested parties, including Mad Fox Taproom, the brew pub set to open later this year at 2218 Wisconsin Ave.

For details, check out the schedule of events.

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“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.

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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.

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This just in from the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup:

Saturday April 13th!

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!

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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.”

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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.

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