The first phase of the short-term RFK Campus redevelopment continues, with significant progress being made on the new multi-purpose recreational fields. We are currently working on asphalt demolition, soil removal, grading and field drainage, forming foundations for light poles and other structures, as well as installing site utilities.
All redevelopment is being implemented through environmental remediation plans as approved by the District’s Department of the Environment (DOEE) and the National Park Service (NPS). All excavated soil and groundwater encountered are being hauled-off and disposed of at appropriate facilities. Clean fill will be brought in and geotextile fabric barriers installed throughout the site. Construction workers have been properly trained to handle soils. (Workers are wearing Tyvek suits as an additional precautionary measure.) Over 118 soil samples have been collected and tested by Events DC’s environmental engineers. Air monitoring along the perimeter fence will continue throughout construction.
As you may know, since the relocation of D.C. United to its new home at Audi Field, Events DC has been planning the future of the RFK Campus with critical community input focused on short term programming and development. The new fields will transform 27-acres of asphalt into three new state-of-the-art artificial turf fields for recreational and community use, including a youth soccer field, two baseball/softball diamonds, two full soccer fields, and two lacrosse fields. Visitors can take in all the action from bleacher seating that will hold up to 300 people, in addition to a picnic area and playground.
The development of the multi-purpose fields continues to be on time and on budget, with expected delivery in late spring of this year. Did you know you can follow the progress in real-time via a live webcam of the construction site? We will continue to make updates on our website as they become available; or, continue to check our social media accounts for progress reports.