Eastern Market Metro’s Temporary Playground Opens

The playground opened Saturday morning, August 17.

Equipment is aimed at a 2 – 5 age group under adult supervision.  (Click to enlarge) 

Thomas O’Neill of Keystone Plus Construction, Superintendent, oversaw the installation in what he says was record time – two weeks.

Eastern Market Metro’s Temporary Playground Opens

by Larry Janezich

After city safety inspectors signed off on the installation of the new equipment on Thursday, the temporary playground on Parcel 1 (between 8th and 9th Streets) of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza opened today.  It will be open dawn to dusk and managed by DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

The temporary playground will be incorporated into a larger permanent playground on the north side of Parcel 1 after construction begins in December 2019 or January 2020.

Funds for the playground came from the developers of the Hine Project as part of the benefits for the community negotiated by ANC6B in exchange for the impact of the Hine project’s increased height and density beyond what zoning would otherwise allow.

Here’s a link to a survey where readers can weigh in with their ideas regarding the options under consideration for the permanent playground:  https://dgs.dc.gov/page/eastern-market-metro-park-project

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