Plans are being proposed to reduce the active field space at Dupont Circle's Stead Park by 25%, which would jeopardize current community leagues like soccer, vollyball, kickball, from using the fields. DC already has a limited number of green space available for children and adults to play on, so reducing this unique gem in Dupont Circle would impact the health and wellness of residents who use the park daily.
We encourage DPR to work to make the fields more accessible to local schools, through working proactively with public, charter, and day care organizations. We would like to see the limited funds being received be used to renovate the existing field with re sodding, enhanced fencing, added benches and upgraded lighting. A water feature is not recommended due to the increase insect and rodent problems it would attract to the park, plus DPR's capacity to maintain this feature would be limited or unavailable.
A Public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd 7pm at JCC to provide additional information and answer questions regarding the proposals. I will personally hand-deliver your signatures at this meeting, so please make your voice heard and sign my petition to save Stead Park.