The Fort Stanton Civic Association President, Addie Cooke, has been a pillar of the Fort Stanton community for over 30 years. She has also been lobbying the Districtâ€™s government to provide her comÂmunity with a new recreation center for much of this time. She said at least the last 10 years. â€œEvery time they (Department of Parks and Recreation) say we are getting a new recreation center, something halts the project. I know DPR has the money.â€
She is talking about the prolonged process the remodeling is taking. In June 2010, former Mayor Adrian Fenty held a groundbreaking ceremony for the center located at 1812 Erie Street, S.E. However, no renovation has begun on the center. The $12.5-million project will replace the current 2,500 square foot recreation cenÂter with a new 18,000 square foot commuÂnity center complete with a gymnasium. The project also includes renovating the existing pool house, installing a pedestrian connection to upper fields, and installing additional parking for patrons. It will also include a senior room and still maintain the outdoor basketball court it currently has. The new recreation center is expected to be LEED Silver certification.
The project is slated to begin demoÂlition May 7th. It will be completely torn down and reÂbuilt on the same site. It is projected to open in August of 2012. For now, the old center has been temporarÂily relocated to Wilkerson School, located at 2330 Pomeroy Road, S.E. It is open from 5-9pm while the old recreation center is undergoing reconstruction.
Cooke said, â€œIts going to be fabuÂlous!â€ She said the center has not been renovated since it was built back in the early 1960s. â€œChildren need a modern place to have fun and seniors need a place to get out of the house.â€ï»¿