Community Meeting: Fort Lincoln Park Renovation & New Hagans Rec. Center

The time has finally come for the residents of Fort Lincoln to get the park and recreation center in which we deserve.  Since running for office in 2014 the park, recreation center and school has been and continues to be the emphasis and priority of all For Lincoln Residents.  Thanks to funding allocations in the recent budget and support by Council members Kenyan McDuffie, Mary Cheh, as well as Mayor Bowser we can finally start the kickoff meeting for Fort Lincoln Park & the Hagans Cultural Center.  The school will be addressed in a different post once updates become available. (Flyer with details at the end of the post)

The Department of General Services will be in attendance and will present the plan leading up to construction.  I as well as a very committed group of neighbors have communicated ideas and concerns over the past 4 years to the Department of Parks and Recreation.  The recurring theme continues to be a new park and recreation center that will take us into the next 30 years.  It also needs to accommodate our growing community of nearly 3000 residents and counting.  Some of the ideas presented were as follows:

  • Rebuilding the outdoor Tennis courts and enhancing the layout for the large number of tennis players. ( No reduction in the number of  tennis courts)
  • Reorganizing the layout of the entire park and recreation center to make it more accessible for seniors and those with disabilities.
  • Splash Park, modern functional playground, outdoor community theater, dog park, outdoor exercise park. (To name a few)
  • A brand new (not renovated) Theodore Hagans center with provider space for senior wellness and\or daycare provider.
  • Multiple meeting rooms to accommodate the large number of community associations within Fort Lincoln as well as study co-working areas for students and self employed residents (In the absence of an actual school).
  • Indoor courts (racquetball, tennis, and etc.) indoor swimming pool, and fitness center.
  • Both multi-generational and age specific recreation rooms and lounges.
  • A more accessible location within the park and with a closer connection to the park itself.

These are just a few of the items that have been communicated already, please be sure to attend the meeting on July 17, 2018 and share your thoughts on what you would like to see in the park and new recreation center.

In closing I would be remised if I didn’t recognize the very committed group of neighbors who have supported and worked with me to make this a reality.  If not for their involvement we wouldn’t be nearly as close as we are today, If I don’t mention you please charge it to my head and not my heart, I appreciate the work of everyone in and around the community:

  • Carmen Winston
  • Ann Wicker
  • Hattie Pierce
  • Lillian Griffin
  • Tara Jamison
  • Leslie Johnston
  • Kelly McKnight
  • Natalie Carey
  • Marshall Lee
  • Lionel Smith
  • Phillip & Enjoli Parsons
  • And everyone else who has been there even f just to listen.

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4 thoughts on “Community Meeting: Fort Lincoln Park Renovation & New Hagans Rec. Center”

  1. Robert, I doubt I will be able to make the evening meeting so I would like to record my concerns about the planning process for the renovation of Fort Lincoln Park and the Hagans Cultural Center here.

    My major concern is that the planning appears to be independent of plans for the demolition and replacement of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School. And I think that is unfortunate.

    Thurgood Marshall is far and away the biggest publicly owned structure and publicly owned plot of land in Fort Lincoln. And consternation about its attractiveness to vandals, and the failure to re-purpose it to reflect the needs of Fort Lincoln’s now 3,500 person (and growing) community has largely gone unaddressed.

    You have written two blog entries about a planning process for the school. The first was on July 31, 2014: https://gatewaytothecitydc.com/2014/07/31/whats-next-for-thurgood-marshall/

    The second was on December 3, 2015 : https://gatewaytothecitydc.com/2015/12/03/city-neglect-causing-neighborhood-blight-in-fort-lincoln/

    There have been no updates, that I have found, on your blog since then. I think the footprint of the former Thurgood Marshall school is large enough to serve as a community center for Fort Lincoln’s teen, adult and senior population — as your past blogs, and comments on it, have discussed. And I think that the relatively tiny Cultural Center would be an ideal activity center for Fort Lincoln’s growing infant and pre-teen population.

    So to finalize plans for the Cultural Center in a vacuum, without considering plans for the demolition and construction of the huge edifice that will replace the school seems shortsighted. Kinda like putting the cart before the horse. I understand that asbestos was found in the old school and that, for that reason, it will have to be demolished. It is long, long past time for you to lead a campaign to urge Ward 5 Councilmember, Kenyan McDuffie, to include money in the next D.C. government capital budget for a replacement public building on that site.

    Once those capital funds are included in the budget coordinated (and not isolated and duplicative) planning for all three sites — the school, the park and the Cultural Center — can be done. Obviously the Cultural Center’s footprint is not big enough to meet the present and future social and recreational needs of a soon to be almost 4,000 person active Fort Lincoln community.

    1. Thanks Roy. We have had discussions along those lines but given that there are two separate government agencies and the length of time for planning, trying to combine the three ( Park, Cultural Center & School) would just delay the entire project. I am in agreement that the school needs to be addressed and we are awaiting a response from the Mayor on a revised strategy. There is a very committed group of neighbors along with myself who are working diligently to get movement there. However, in the interest of progress it was better to get the park and cultural center on the books now than to have all three stalled. I would recommend sending your statement to both the Councilman & Mayor for official record. It took an immense effort on the behalf of a very committed group of neighbors as well as myself to ensure the capital dollars were allotted for the Park & Cultural Center. I have found that the best way to engage with the DC Government is one large project at a time. Once the Park and Cultural Center gets beyond the planning stages, We can then shift our attention to the School. I am pushing for funding for Thurgood Marshall in the upcoming budget cycle to maintain and make safe in the interim, as the costs exceeds normal operating dollars. The community growth has been great, however 87% of our population are adults over 20 years of age. That only leaves 12% of the population which is below 20 Years of Age and that is where need to be sure that the use is the best fit for the community demographics. I plan on doing an updated post on the school but once I receive some substantial information from the Executive.

  2. By my count, some 2,601 units of residential housing are planned for Fort Lincoln. At a conservative average of two persons per household that would give Fort Lincoln a residential population of 5,202 persons by mid-2019.
    * * * *
    PINEVIEW COURT 40

    SUMMIT VILLAGE CONDOS 86

    WASHINGTON OVERLOOK APARTMENTS 158

    WESLEY HOUSE SENIOR APARTMENTS 125

    HILLSIDE VILLAGE CONDOS 105

    DAKOTA CROSSING TOWNHOMES 209

    PETERSBURG SENIOR BUILDING 304

    MAPLE VIEW CONDOS 56

    CANNON VILLAGE CONDOS 250

    FORT LINCOLN SENIOR RESIDENCE 120

    GETTYSBURG SENIOR APARTMENTS 188

    VICKSBURG SENIOR APARTMENTS 179

    THE VILLAGES AT DAKOTA CROSSING 340

    THE RESERVES AT DAKOTA CROSSING 118

    APARTMENTS AT DAKOTA CROSSING 236

    CITYSCAPE AT DAKOTA CROSSING 27

    PLANNED TOWNHOMES ACROSS FROM PINEVIEW CT 60
    TOTAL: 2,601

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