Plastic Park (Photo via Google Maps)

A collection of plastic play equipment and toys near the Eastern Market Metro station is on its way out.

The District is removing the Eastern Market Metro Park’s “plastic park” near Pennsylvania Avenue and 9th Street SE, according to an Eastern Market Metro Community Association email sent to locals this afternoon.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the play area, also known as the “guerilla playground,” will disappear. But D.C. officials will provide one week’s notice before they take it away.

Photo via Google Maps


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(Updated at 12:40 p.m.) Plans are advancing for the Eastern Market Metro station to get an overhaul with new landscaping, a playground and an underground entrance to an expanded Southeast Neighborhood Library.

Barracks Row Main Street published conceptual designs this week of how the space at the intersection of 8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE would look with a $44 million makeover. The designs show new plantings, a rain garden and a Navy Yard-inspired playground.

BRMS board chairman David Perry said the next steps for the plan are securing a sponsor agency within D.C. government and determining whether a months-long environmental assessment will be needed.

“This entire effort to date has been carried out by a group of citizens,” he said. “We’ve taken it as far as it can be taken by private parties. At this point, it needs to become a government project, and a particular city agency should take the lead.”

In the next few weeks, BRMS will meet with relevant city agencies and Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen, Perry said. There have been “encouraging developments,” he said, including $22.4 million approved for the District’s fiscal year 2019 budget for the library expansion.

The overall goals of the Eastern Market Metro Park overhaul are to make the space more useful and beautiful for everyone, Perry said.

“This two-block area is the connective tissue between the retail on 7th Street … and Barracks Row. We want it to be a great urban space,” he said. “It would be nice if it was a really beautiful and welcoming space that encouraged people to stay and linger.”

ANC 6B backed the plan late last year, as Hill Now reported.

Anyone who wants to weigh in on the plan can contact BRMS via their website.

Images via Barracks Row Main Street


Eastern Market Metro Park (Photo via ANC that covers Eastern Market is advancing a plan to overhaul the parks around the neighborhood’s Metro station.

ANC 6B is expected to approve the Eastern Market Metro Park redesign plan at a community meeting on Tuesday. The $45 million project near the intersection of 8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE would add a playground at the northeast corner, create an underground entrance to a planned expansion of the Southeast Neighborhood Library and add landscaped bioswales to manage storm water runoff.

The planning and zoning committee of ANC 6B unanimously approved a motion last night (Tuesday) to ask the Department of General Services to conduct an environmental study on the plan.

“Someone has got to do an environmental assessment of the plan to move it through the city process,” Commissioner Brian Pate said.

Barracks Row Main Street initiated the planning process, with an award-winning design by Weinstein Studio/Esocoff Associates. The business group and ANC 6B held community planning sessions from January through August.

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(Photo via Ward 6 development projects and buildings were recently recognized for their design.

The Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects gave the Eastern Market Metro Park design the group’s Award of Excellence in Urban Design/Master Planning.

The proposed design by Weinstein Studio/Esocoff Associates would overhaul the green space along Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets SE.

The Yards at Southeast Federal Center plan was awarded the same honor.

The Northeast Library won an award for its architects’ use of historic resources in renovating the 1932 building.

And the team behind the Union Station Master Plan received an honorable mention in the Urban Design/Master Planning category.

The winners were selected by architecture-world stars Michael Graves, Michael Palladino and others.


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