Work Starts on the new Eastern Market Metro Park/Playground this Week
By Larry Janezich
Construction of the new Eastern Market Metro Park/Playground will begin on Tuesday, March 3, with the closing of the park between 8th and 9th Streets on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue and its enclosure with chain link fence. Demolition of the existing temporary playground and walkways will follow, prior to the beginning of construction of the new park in mid-March. An official groundbreaking ceremony – likely the week of March 9 – will kick off the construction phase. A date and time will be announced.
DGS says it will finish work on the playground/park by the end of this coming June. The equipment in the current playground – funded by the Hine developers as a community benefit under a Planned Unit Development agreement – will be relocated and incorporated into the new and larger playground on the north side of the parcel. Funding for that playground and the redesign of the entire Plaza was included in this fiscal year’s budget by CM Charles Allen. Construction on the rest of the Plaza project, including Parcel 4 where the entrance to Metro is located, will begin this October and will be complete in April/March of 2021. See below for a rendering of the performance pavilion, a prominent feature of this portion of the plaza.