(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Keith Anderson, Department of General Services (DGS) Director Christopher Weaver, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, cut the ribbon on the new Ridge Road Community Center.
Ridge Road community leaders and members were also on hand to celebrate the long awaited facility.
“District community and recreation centers are the staple of neighborhoods across the city,” said Mayor Bowser. “Our community centers offer a space for residents to learn, grown, play and even stay fit! Every resident in our city should have easy access to education and recreation opportunities. I am excited that the Ridge Road community can finally enjoy this new facility and all it has to offer.”
The newly constructed Ridge Road Community Center replaces the older Ridge Road Recreation Center, also known as a field house.
“This ribbon cutting is the culmination of multiple community meetings,” said DPR’s Director Anderson. “The community expressed what they wanted in a new community center and we are pleased that we were able to make this a reality for all to enjoy.”
The $18 million Ridge Road project includes: a new 18,500 square-foot community center with an indoor gym, and fitness center; lounges for seniors and teens; a pool; a concession stand; upgraded pool house and deck; new playground and basketball courts; on-site parking, landscaping, and lighting. The existing field house was preserved and received upgraded bathroom facilities to support the athletic fields.
“Today’s ribbon cutting showcases DGS’ commitment to designing and constructing first- class facilities that elevate the quality of life for District residents, employees and visitors” said DGS’ Director Weaver.