About the RFK Redevelopment Plan
In 2018, DC United will be moving into a new stadium, creating a unique opportunity to reimagine the 190-acre RFK Campus. Events DC has been planning the future of the campus with critical community input focused on short term programming and development. On January 5, 2017, Events DC presented to the community its short-term vision for the future of the RFK campus, which included recommended program elements from community, stakeholder and city official feedback.
The short-term programmatic recommendations include five community-focused elements which can be designed and built over the next two to five years. These elements also remain consistent with the long-term vision and goals for creating a more holistic and vibrant sports and recreation destination with the District.
The recommended short-term elements include:
- Three multi-purpose recreation and community playing fields; available to the public and useable in the evening;
- A Market Hall; conveniently located next to Kingman Park, which offers concessions, prepared food and groceries for both neighborhood residents and visitors to the site;
- Sports and Recreation Complex, housing a variety of sport programs for families, youth and amateur sports; to be developed with a partner as a destination, in addition to a neighborhood amenity;
- Three pedestrian bridges that will connect the main site to Kingman and Heritage Islands, each of which fits naturally into the surrounding site for better pedestrian flow and access;
- A memorial to Robert F. Kennedy. This living monument will serve as a place to engage visitors and educate the next generation.
About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Interested in learning more? Watch our citywide community meeting on the redevelopment of RFK Campus from January 2017. For additional information, please visit www.eventsdc.com or www.rfkcampus.com and find us on Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC) and Instagram (@EventsDC).