Keep Powell Playground Open to Public

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To Councilmember Brandon Todd:

In the past four months, Powell Elementary students, their family, friends, and our neighbors have enjoyed weekend access to the school playground. The playground has been a great resource for neighborhood families, meeting each other, having fun, and getting exercise. Its availability to the community has been a great success. However, the school gates have recently been locked, and we have been told that weekend access will not be granted.

Our community worked closely with Powell and the city during the construction process. The community relocated a beloved community garden to make space for the school parking lot, and neighbors who share the alley with Powell endured a number of hardships that come with lengthy and large construction projects such as this one. Before and during construction, Upshur Park was used as Powell’s daily recess playground, and the school still uses the Upshur soccer field for P.E. classes, and after school sports.  The neighborhood shared this community space with the school when it needed it most, and is proud to have Powell in our neighborhood.  

Neighbors and community members shouldn’t be locked out of Powell now that the construction is done.  

Roosevelt High School keeps their grounds open to the public on weekends, as do many DCPS elementary schools such as Marie Reed, Lafayette, and Burroughs, all of which have had recent renovations and improvements. 

As a community, we care deeply about the success of Powell, and we hope that the City and DCPS will show their mutual support for the community by making it accessible to the public on weekends.