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SPK Closing

While we are sad to see them go, we are excited to have hosted Summit Point Kart (SPK) Capital Raceway on our campus as a way to introduce recreational amenities to you, our neighbors, as well as attract out-of-town visitors to the District. We’re looking forward to focusing our attention on the development of our multi-purpose fields and activating the Campus as the re-opening of Lot 8 presents an opportunity for future programs and events to utilize that space. Keep an eye on our website, social media channels, and this newsletter for future updates, and please join us in wishing the SPK Capital Raceway team happy trails.


Campus Redevelopment Update

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.


Community Spotlight: Keegan Theatre

A Q&A with Keegan Theatre, a recipient of the Events DC Community Grant Program.

What was it like in the beginning?  I started Keegan with three other founding members in 1996 and we were producing half as many productions without a permanent space. We paid artists what we could – which wasn't much – and we didn’t have a paid staff.

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ShamrockFest & Rock n Roll Marathon

As spring approaches, we look forward to warmer days, cherry blossoms and naturally, ShamrockFest and the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. Both events are returning to the RFK Stadium Campus in a major way in 2019!

 

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A message from Max and Greg: February 2019

We’re excited to welcome you to another year of exciting developments here on the RFK Campus. Construction on the multi-purpose recreational fields continues, with expected delivery in late spring or early summer of this year. Keep reading for ways you can stay up-to-date with the progress. Other exciting happenings around our Campus include the return of the popular ShamrockFest and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Will we see you soon?

In the spirit of ongoing improvement, we invite you to join us at our next RFK Campus community meeting, which will take place on Monday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the RFK Media Room. Those interested in attending can RSVP online. Unable to make the meeting? A full recap will be posted on our website, where you can also access past recaps and development updates.

No matter how you choose to get involved, we extend our deepest thanks to neighbors, partners, and supporters like you. We appreciate your ongoing support as we work to turn asphalt into action and look forward to keeping you updated on the future of RFK Campus in 2019 and beyond.


December 2018 Community Calendar

Thursdays and Saturdays (year-round)
Farmers Market


Thursday, December 13
Mayor's 20th Annual Senior Holiday Celebration
 

Thursday, December 27 - Saturday, December 29
National Title IX Holiday Invitational Conference and Classic


Community Spotlight: Teens Run DC

A Q&A with Stephen Hocker, Executive Director of Teens Run DC.

How did Teens Run DC (TRDC) start?

Founded in 2009, TRDC began at Wilson Senior High School with 19 students and 7 teachers. Since then, TRDC has grown from a pilot project to a nationally-recognized organization with innovative and research-driven programming, now serving nearly 500 middle and high school students at eight partner schools throughout the District of Columbia through our curriculum-based approach that employs running, mentoring, and social emotional learning.

What are TRDC's program offerings?

Teens Run DC is the only program for DC's middle and high school students focused on health and wellbeing that supports students academically, physically, and socially, both in and out of school. The organization's founding beliefs that (1) positive change and growth occur within the context of long-term, caring relationships and a welcoming community; and (2) bolstering the physical, social, and emotional well-being of at-risk youth leads to lasting achievement in academics and beyond, and continues to shape the vision and direction of the organization. Our program promotes the physical and mental health of at-risk youth in some of DC's most underserved communities through three key program offerings:

1) Mentoring: TRDC's coaches and volunteer mentors provide consistent guidance to our students and serve as positive role models. Coaches are at each school two days per week and volunteer mentors work alongside coaches during Saturday practices.

2) Social Emotional Learning (SEL): SEL tools are critical for healthy transitions into adulthood, but underserved youth often lack the support to develop these skills. Students meet with coaches for four one-hour sessions each week to learn skills from the SEL curriculum.

3) Running and Physical Activity: In TRDC's distance running program, students develop personal fitness goals. With the help of our coaches, they improve cardiovascular fitness by engaging in a minimum of 150 minutes of physical exercise each week. Our weekday programming is complemented by Saturday practices and races that attract community members to come out and support our students.

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Mayor’s 20th Annual Senior Holiday Celebration

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Office on Aging will be hosting and celebrating the holiday season with more than 4,000 Washington residents at the 20th Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the DC Armory and will feature live entertainment, health and wellness exhibits, a festive lunch, and of course, giveaways.

This event is free; those interested are required to contact their senior site or call 202-535-1372 for tickets.


#RFKUntapped: More Tastings Coming in 2019!

The revitalization of the RFK Campus continues! To celebrate turning asphalt into action, we’ve partnered with Atlas Brew Works to develop a limited-edition IPA beer called RFK Untapped. Designed by locally-renowned artist Maggie O’Neill, the can is inspired by the idea of visually reimagining a coveted area of the District – while the beer’s name is a nod to the Campus’s untapped potential. The beer officially launched in October of this year. Keep an eye out for further announcements and tasting dates as we head into 2019.


A Letter from Max and Greg: December 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we're reflecting on another exciting year here on the RFK Campus. In August, we broke ground on three multi-purpose recreational fields -- the first milestone of five in our short-term plan to reimagine the future of RFK. This year also marked the opening of Summit Point Kart Capital Raceway, featuring highway-speed go-kart racing. From these improvements to celebrated events like DC Field Day, DC World Reggae Festival, the Events DC Kickoff Classic, and more, it was truly a banner year for the Campus.

We hope you'll end the year on a high note and join us for favorite returning events like the Title IX Holiday Invitational Conference and Classic – or, visit us in the new year for our next Quarterly Meeting on January 14 at 6:30pm. This month’s newsletter explores these events and more, plus continues to highlight the excellent services provided by community partners like Teens Run DC.

Finally, however you may be celebrating this season, Events DC wishes you the happiest of holidays. No matter how you choose to get involved, we extend our deepest thanks to neighbors, partners, and supporters like you. We appreciate your ongoing support as we work to turn asphalt into action, and look forward to keeping you updated as to the future of the RFK Campus in 2019.