Major funding dedicated to new sports complex, revamped facilities in DC

From summer programs to renovated recreational centers and a brand new sports complex, there will be new or upgraded facilities coming to all eight wards in the District.

It’s part of a $365 million investment expected to happen over the next six years within Mayor Muriel Bowser’s budget for Fiscal Year 2023.



Residents can expect a new indoor Sports Complex at RFK stadium, a $60 million dollar project that will offer gymnastics and other indoor activities for kids and adults, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.

Residents in Ward 3 can expect $17.5 million toward improvements at the Chevy Chase Community Center.

An additional $18.5 million will go toward the Randall Recreation Center in Ward 6, and around $22 million will fund renovations at Fort Davis Recreation Center in Ward 7.

Programming for kids under the new Department of Parks and Recreation initiative called Recreation for A.L.L. will include more access to gymnastics programs and additional summer camp slots.

Check out a full list of planned projects below:

  • Ward 1 — $12.3 million for improvements to the Park View Recreation Center and $21 million for a new Rita Bright Community Center
  • Ward 2 — $3 million for Francis Field improvements
  • Ward 3 — $17.5 million for improvements to the Chevy Chase Community Center
  • Ward 4 — $15 million for a new Upshur Recreation Center and $13 million for improvements to Emery Heights Recreation Center
  • Ward 5 — $19 million for Harry Thomas Recreation Center and $19.7 million to redevelop the Langdon Park Community Center
  • Ward 6 — $15 million for modernization of the Rumsey Aquatic Center
  • Ward 7 — $15 million for an indoor aquatic facility at Hillcrest Recreation Center along with $20 million for a new DPR facility in the River Terrace community and $6.8 million for expansion of the Rosedale Pool
  • Ward 8 — $7 million to replace the aging Anacostia Recreation Center outdoor pool, $20.2 million to renovate the Douglas Recreation Center and $750,000 to construct the first dog park in ward 8

New programming under Recreation for A.L.L. Initiative includes:

  • 10,000 more summer camp slots and 1,000 more participants at Camp Riverview
  • 1,400 more Learn-to-Swim slots and restored Sunday pool service in select centers
  • 330+ more slots in Tiny Tots Tennis
  • 250 more residents participating in gymnastics programs
  • 1,200 opportunities for girls to enroll in new volleyball, softball and soccer teams and leagues
  • 300 more participants in Senior Olympics and Water Sports Programming at Diamond Teague Park offering boating, kayaking, and canoeing

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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