NEWS: Groundbreaking for the 8th St Arts Park

With the Public Space Permit unanimously approved by the DDOT Public Space Committee, Dance Place is proud to announce the Groundbreaking of the 8th St Arts Park on Thursday, March 31 at 4pm. RSVP by email artspark@danceplace.org or call 202.269.1600 for this exclusive event by March 21 to take part in this historic kick-off.

Confirmed speakers at the event include Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Director Arthur Espinosa and Chair Kay Kendall, as well as representatives from the DC Office of Planning, Artspace Projects and the Arts Park Steering Committee.

SITE FOR THE ARTS PARK

The Park is located in the currently empty Kearny St Alley between 3305 and 3225 8th St NE in Brookland/Edgewood. The project envisions a vibrant community space connecting Dance Place and the adjacent Brookland Artspace Lofts (which houses 39 live/work units for artists and 3 spaces for Dance Place). The site sits just off the Metropolitan Branch Trail and is two blocks away from the Brookland/CUA Metro station and bus stops.

DESIGN

The space will be converted into an artistic, playable green space. Design features include lighting and canopy overhead, entirely new colorful surfacing, a convertible outdoor stage and five public art commissions by local artists. These include three benches by artists Valerie Theberge and Tim Kime, as well as a water sprinkler, bike racks and bicycle repair station by Charles Bergen. Dance Place and the Arts Park Steering Committee are delighted to be working with CBE firm Lee & Associates Landscape Architects, who are providing a large portion of their services pro bono and DC CBE firm Blue Skye Construction.

PROGRAMMING

Closely modeled off of Dance Place’s wildly successful Art on 8th program, the Park will host interactive programming for all ages, including games, music concerts, community gardening, interactive dance, visual art workshops and more.

STEERING COMMITTEE

The Park is designed to truly be a community asset. To ensure that the many diverse stakeholders have a voice in the Park’s development, Dance Place has convened a Steering Committee of residents, businesses, artists and government agencies, who will lead the process of design and programming selection. Over the past 16 months, Dance Place has presented at over 10 community meetings and collected 400 surveys, whose responses have helped to guide the design and programming choices for the park. The full steering committee listing and meetings attended can be found at www.danceplace.org/arts-park.

WHAT: 8th St Arts Park Groundbreaking

WHEN: Thursday, March 31 at 4pm

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017; two blocks from Redline Brookland/CUA Metro station; free and convenient parking