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Fall into an Amazing, Boo-tiful October at DPR!

Thursday, October 2, 2014
DPR Celebrates Play DC, Halloween and Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contact: John Stokes, (202) 288-7275; john.stokes@dc.gov
                                Rachel Newman, (202) 340-2910; rachel.newman@dc.gov

 

(Washington, DC)  – After a fantastic season of summer fun, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is proud to “Fall” into an amazing, boo-tiful October full of events, activities and fun.

Please enjoy this monthly listing of all the events DPR has to offer this month, including events honoring Breast Cancer survivors and those remembered. DPR has hosted several annual Breast Cancer events over the years and we encourage residents and communities to join us this year as we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Play DC, Mayor Gray’s Playground Initiative, is well underway and DPR has opened 27 Play DC playgrounds to date and we hope that everyone is enjoying the new playgrounds this fall season. Forest Hills playground will open this month and more playgrounds are scheduled to open in November. DPR’s collaborative efforts with our sister agency, the Department of General Services (DGS), have culminated into creating new, exciting and innovative play spaces across the District. We invited you to #PlayDC!

And of course – Halloween!!!  DPR has a bubbling, cauldron of Halloween events for all ages to enjoy, from Haunted Houses to parades to costume contests to community partner events; DPR is definitely offering something for everyone this October for Halloween.

So come out, join us and be sure to let us know your thoughts, share an idea or if you are attending one of our events, please share your experiences with us via Grade.DC.gov.
 

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on the DPR events calendar on the right hand
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Please note: Events are grouped and listed “At-a-Glance” immediately below, and then the full listing of events with full descriptions.

 

Events - At a Glance                                        

Please note that the full events listing is located below this “at-a-glance” listing. 

Ribbon Cuttings/Groundbreakings:
- Friday, Oct 10th – Groundbreaking: Marvin Gaye Playground @ 10 am

Community Meetings:
- Thursday, Oct 2nd – Kenilworth-Parkside Community Mtg @ 6:30 pm
- Saturday, Oct 18 - DC Office on Human Rights & the Mayor’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force present It Takes a District: Tools and Tips for Families to Prevent Bullying (Turkey Thicket) @ 9:30 am

Agency Closures:
- Monday, Oct 13th – Columbus Day Holiday
- Aquatics : Extended Maintenance
       William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center - Monday, Oct 6th - Sunday, Oct 26th. Re-opening Monday, Oct 27th.
        Ferebee-Hope Aquatic Center - Monday, Oct 13th – Sunday, Nov 2nd. Re-opening Monday, Nov 3rd.

Special Events:
Breast Cancer:
 - Friday, Oct 10 - Think Pink Breast Cancer Line Dance Social @ King Greenleaf RC
 - Saturday, Oct 11 - 6th Annual Breast Cancer Walk @ Bald Eagle RC
 - Saturday, Oct 11 - 1st Annual “Chasing Life” Breast Cancer Symposium @ Emery RC
 - Thursday, Oct 16 - Lamond Annual Seniors Breast Cancer Walk @ Lamond RC
 - Saturday, Oct 18 - Color of Change…Let Your Colors RUN @ the Ward 8's 9th Annual Breast Cancer Walk @ Bald Eagle RC
 - Thurs & Fri, Oct 23 & 24 - 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament @ Bald Eagle RC

Halloween:
DPR is offering many events across the District featuring something for everyone including families, Seniors, tiny tots, etc. – with Haunted Houses, Parades, Community Events and more!!!

 - Thursday, Oct 23 - Macomb 5th Annual Halloween Haunted House @ Macomb RC
  - Saturday, Oct 25 - Stead Halloween Parade @ Stead RC
  - Saturday, Oct 25 - Halloween Party @ Takoma CC
  - Monday, Oct 27 – Friday, Oct 31 - Halloween Week at Lamond @ Lamond RC
  - Wednesday, Oct 29 - Halloween Party & Dinner @ Raymond RC
  - Thursday, Oct 30 & 31 - Annual Ward 7 - "House of Horror" Haunted House @ Fort Davis CC
  - Friday, October 31
      - Sassy Seniors Halloween Party @ King Greenleaf RC
      - Halloween Fest @ Hearst RC
      - “Trick or Treat on the Avenue” - Halloween Fun @ Chevy Chase CC
      - Halloween Party @ Volta Park RC
      - Halloween Party @ Lafayette RC
      - Arboretum Panic Room/Safe House @ Arboretum CC
      - Autumn Feast @ Harrison RC
      - Watkins Halloween Party @ Watkins RC
      - Halloween Town @ Fort Stevens RC  
      - Ferebee Hope Boo-Bash Halloween Party @ Ferebee Hope RC  
      - Halloween Fear Factory & Flashlight Hunt @ Kennedy RC  
      - Halloween Spooky Night @ Marie Reed RC  
      - Halloween OctoberFest @ Banneker CC
      - Annual Ward 7 "House of Walkers & Freaks" Haunted
           House @ Fort Davis CC
      - Halloween Haunted House/care Trail & Party @ Bald Eagle RC  
      - Halloween Haunted House and Movie Night @ Emery RC
      - The TR "BOO HOUSE"! @ Therapeutic RC
      - Brentwood’s Annual Fall Festival & Carnival @ Brentwood RC
      - RH Terrell’s Spooky Bash @ RH Terrell RC
      - Haunted House @ Deanwood RC

Events - Full Detailed Listing                                 

Agency Wide:

October 10
Mayoral Groundbreaking Ceremony at Marvin Gaye Playground
Marvin Gaye Playground (6201 Banks Place, NE – Ward 7)
Time: 10 am
Ages: All are Welcome
For more information, contact DPR’s Chief of Staff John Stokes at (202) 288-7275.  

October 10
DPR Fun Day
Various Locations
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Ages: 6 – 12 years old
Website information: DPR Fun Day 2014/2015  
DPR offers a “DPR Fun Day”, which is a free, single-day program offering fun and enriching activities (such as sports activities, arts and crafts, and more) when the District's public schools are closed for professional development day. Please note that meals (including snacks) will not be provided, and before and after care is not offered for this program.
For more information, call (202) 671-0372.
 

October 13
Columbus Day - Holiday
All DPR recreation/community centers, administrative offices and aquatic facilities will be closed on Monday, October 13, 2014 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.
 

Events (in order by date):

October 1 - November 12
Dodgeball League
Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE – Ward 7)
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Dodge ball is a game in which players on two teams try to throw ball at each other while avoiding being hit themselves. The main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with dodge balls.
For more information, contact Sandra Johnson at sandra.johnson@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 2
Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center Design Update
Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center at Kenilworth Elementary School (1300 44th Street, NE – Ward 7)
Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Presentation and discussion of concept design.
For more information, contact DPR’s Chief of Staff John Stokes at (202) 288-7275.
Capital Projects

October 3
Soft Open – Forest Hills Playground
32nd & Chesapeake Streets, NW – Ward 3
Forest Hills playground is scheduled to “soft-open” (which means open for public use).
For more information, contact DPR’s Chief of Staff John Stokes at (202) 288-7275.
Capital Projects

October 3 & 4
Fall Tennis Play Day
Takoma Community Center (300 Van Buren Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: Friday: 11 am - 3 pm & Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm
Ages: 6 – 17 yr.
Participants will learn the fundamentals of tennis technique. Teachings will include an emphasis on Quick Start tennis for 10 & under students as well as instruction for 11 – 18 year old youth. A Community Tennis Development Certificate will be received.
For more information, contact Hope Taylor at hope.taylor@dc.gov.
Sports, Health and Fitness Division

October 6 - 26
Aquatics Extended Maintenance Closure
William H Rumsey Aquatic Center (635 North Carolina Avenue, SE – Ward 6)
The facility will close for it’s yearly extended maintenance and cleaning. The facility is expected to re-open on Monday, October 27, 2014.
For more information, contact the Aquatics Division at (202) 671-1289.
Aquatics Division

October 10
Think Pink Breast Cancer Line Dance Social
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N Street, SW – Ward 6)
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Ages: 18 & over
Come out, socialize and enjoy an evening of line dancing. Everyone is asked to wear pink, white or black; and to bring a canned good item as the center kicks off their Thanksgiving canned goods drive.
For more information, contact Tiletia “Tee” Harris-Walker at (202) 645-7454.
Community Recreation Division

October 11
6th Annual Breast Cancer Walk
Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW – Ward 8)
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will bring youth and adults together to fight for the cause and to bring awareness to the community.
For more information, contact Margie Robinson at margie.robinson@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 11
Breast Cancer Symposium
Emery Recreation Center (5801 Georgia Avenue, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
We will be honoring those who are survivors with a Luncheon. We will also be honoring those who have past with reflections and guest speakers.
For more information, contact Zakiya Brown at zakyia.brown@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 13 – November 2
Aquatics Extended Maintenance Closure
Ferebee Hope Aquatic Center (3999 8th Street, SE – Ward 8)
The facility will close for it’s yearly extended maintenance and cleaning. The facility is expected to re-open on Monday, November 3, 2014.
For more information, contact the Aquatics Division at (202) 671-1289.
Aquatics Division
 
October 16
Adult Beginner & Intermediate Tennis Potluck
Fort Stevens Recreation Center (1327 Van Buren Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ages: 18 and over
The 3rd Thursday of every month, the adult Tennis group at Fort Stevens will gather for a potluck and social hour.
For more information, contact Larry Kinney at (202) 541-3754.
Community Recreation Division

October 16
Lamond 4th Annual Seniors Breast Cancer Walk
Lamond Recreation Center (20 Tuckerman Street, NE – Ward 4)
Time: 10:30 am
Ages: Seniors and the Lamond community
Grab a friend or neighbor and come walk with the Lamond Seniors. Lamond will salute several breast cancer survivors and there will be 3 walk options for participants to choose from. Everyone is invited and participant can walk at their own pace. Please wear something pink and sneakers or comfortable shoes. This walk will be held rain or shine.
For more information, contact Vee Davis at (202) 576-9541.
Community Recreation Division

October 18
Color of Change…Let Your Colors RUN
Ward 8's 9th Annual Breast Cancer Walk
Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW – Ward 8)
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
We believe that all women and men should be in the position to detect the early warning signs of breast cancer. DPR staff works diligently with the community to deliver breast health promotion talks with the aim of improving the early detection of breast cancer. Early detection plays an important factor in survival rates. Offering breast health promotion talks to your employees and community can make a real and tangible difference to cancer prevention. Working together in this way will not only empower our employees but will also contribute to our community and corporate health and well-being initiatives.
For more information, contact Swandea Johnson-Denson at Swandea.Johnson-Denson@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 18
DC Office on Human Rights & the Mayor’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force present It Takes a District: Tools and Tips for Families to Prevent Bullying
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Avenue, NE – Ward 5)
Time: 9:30 am - 2 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Join the DC Office of Human Rights and the Mayor’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force to understand the important role that families play in bullying prevention!
For more information, call (202) 727-0455.

October 20 - January 3
Warm Hearts Sock & Glove Drive
Fort Stevens Recreation Center (1327 Van Buren Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: Anytime
Ages: All Ages
The Fort Stevens Recreation Center and Senior Center will combine efforts to collect socks, gloves and hats from the community to donate to the less fortunate during the winter months. Please drop off your donation to either Nadine Sumner (Fort Stevens Senior Center), Nicole Carroll (Fort Stevens Recreation Center) or any staff member.
For more information, contact Nadine Sumner or Nicole Carroll at (202) 541-3754.
Community Recreation Division

October 23
Macomb 5th Annual Halloween Haunted House
Macomb Recreation Center (3409 Macomb Street, NW – Ward 3)
Time: 4 pm
Ages: 12 and under
For more information, contact Cleveland Dent at (202) 282-2199.
Community Recreation Division

October 23 - 24
2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament
Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW – Ward 8)
Time: 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Ward 8 9th Annual Breast Cancer Walk – This event is a two-day basketball tournament in the (1-15) (16 -18) division in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We will also have a Breast Cancer Awareness information table at the games.  
For more information, contact Marc Williams at marcs.willims@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 25
Stead Halloween Parade
Stead Recreation Center (1625 P Street, NW – Ward 2)
Time: 1 pm - 2 pm
Ages: 5 years and under
In conjunction with the Moms of Logan Circle (MLC), participants will parade around the community/neighbor in costumes from Stead to Logan Circle.
For more information, contact Vincent Hill at (202) 673-4465.
Community Recreation Division

October 25
Halloween Party
Takoma Community Center (300 Van Buren Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 12 pm - 2 pm
Ages: 12 and under
Youth will have a variety of activities including games, a haunted house and refreshments.
For more information, contact Barbara Jones at (202) 576-7068
Community Recreation Division

October 27
Aquatics Facility Re-opens
William H Rumsey Aquatic Center (635 North Carolina Avenue, SE – Ward 6)
The facility will re-open, after being closed since October 6th for it’s yearly extended maintenance and cleaning.
For more information, contact the Aquatics Division at (202) 671-1289.
Aquatics Division

October 27 - 31
Halloween Week at Lamond
Lamond Recreation Center (20 Tuckerman Street, NE – Ward 4)
Time: Varies
Ages: All Ages
Lamond Recreation Center will boast an entire week of Halloween activities and events for the community to enjoy!
- Mon, Oct 27: Halloween Movie Monday @ 6 pm : All Ages
- Tues, Oct 28: Halloween Costume Parade @ 7 pm : Youth will participate in a neighborhood parade.
- Wed, Oct 29: Happy Halloween Spelling Bee @ 6:30 pm
- Thurs, Oct 30: Halloween Hollywood Game Night @ 6 pm
- Fri, Oct 31: The Lamond Haunted Trail : Participants will experience the Lamond Haunted Trail and receive treats.
For more information, contact Lamond Recreation Center at (202) 576-9541.
Community Recreation Division

October 29
Halloween Party & Dinner
Raymond Recreation Center (3725 10th Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Ages: 17 and under
Youth will enjoy Halloween festivities and a community potluck.
For more information, contact Cecily Mendie at (202) 671-2181.
Community Recreation Division

October 30 & 31
Annual Ward 7 - "House of Horror" Haunted House
Fort Davis Community Center (1400 41st Street, SE – Ward 7)
Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Experience the "House of Horror" in the Ward 7 Haunted House at the Fort Davis Community Center. Lots of food and fun.
For more information, contact Elijah Fagan at elijah.fagan@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Sassy Seniors Halloween Party
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N Street, SW – Ward 6)
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Ages: 55 and over
Seniors in the King Greenleaf community will gather to share in the Halloween season with costumes and Halloween treats.
For more information, contact Tiletia “Tee” Harris-Walker at (202) 645-7454.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Halloween Fest
Hearst Recreation Center (3950 37th Street, NW – Ward 3)
Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Ages: 5 - 13 yr.
On the scariest night of the year, if you dare, come for an afternoon of games, food, music and scary fun.  
For more information, contact Kim Campbell at kim.campbell@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
“Trick or Treat on the Avenue” - Halloween Fun House
Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW – Ward 3)
Time: 3 pm - 5 pm
Ages: 12 and under
The Chevy Chase Citizen’s Association, neighborhood businesses and Chevy Chase Community Center will participate in the annual “Trick or Treat on the Avenue.”
For more information, contact Chevy Chase Comm. Ctr. at (202) 282-2204.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Halloween Party
Volta Park Recreation Center (1555 34th Street, NW – Ward 2)
Time: 4 pm - 6 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
If you're not feeling up to Trick-or-Treating this year, consider Volta Park Recreation Center's Halloween celebration with face painting, carnival games, arts and craft, and a Halloween costume parade.
For more information, contact Shirley Debrow at shirley.debrow@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Halloween Party
Lafayette Recreation Center (5900 33rd Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 4 pm - 7 pm
Ages: 6 – 17 years old
For more information, contact Ellsworth Hart at (202) 282-2206.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Arboretum Panic Room/Safe House
Arboretum Community Center (2412 Rand Place, NE – Ward 5)
Time: 4 pm - 8 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Arboretum Community Center is partnering with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to create a Halloween Panic Room/Safe House for the community.
For more information, contact Erin Skinner at (202) 673-4507.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Autumn Feast
Harrison Recreation Center (1330 V Street, NW – Ward 1)
Time: 4:30 pm - 6 pm
Ages: 6 – 12 years old
Youth will play games, make candy apples, participate in a parade and enjoy Halloween treats!
For more information, contact Stephanie Foster at (202) 673-7760.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Watkins Halloween Party
Watkins Recreation Center (420 12th Street, SE – Ward 6)
Time: 4:30 pm - 8 pm
Ages: 18 and under
For more information, contact Brian Cobbs at (202) 355-4391.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Halloween Town
Fort Stevens Recreation Center (1327 Van Buren Street, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
Ages: 12 and under
Come enjoy a fun, haunted, spooky house of tricks and treats.
For more information, contact Nicole Carroll at (202) 541-3754.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Ferebee Hope Boo-Bash Halloween Party
Ferebee Hope Recreation Center (3999 8th Street, SE – Ward 8)
Time: 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Join Ferebee Hope Recreation Center for an evening of chills and thrills, food, music and fun.
For more information, contact Wendy Glenn at wendya.glenn@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Halloween Fear Factory & Flashlight Hunt
Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 7th Street, NW – Ward 6)
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Ages: 12 and under
The Kennedy community will experience a night of fun with a costume contest; and games such as electrical musical chairs, the eyeball relay race, dirt & worm eating contest and much more. The event will conclude with a “haunted flashlight hunt” on the field.
For more information, contact Rochelle Bradshaw at (202) 671-4794.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Halloween Spooky Night
Marie Reed Recreation Center (2200 Champlain Street, NW – Ward 1)
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Ages: 6 – 17 years old
Come out for a “spooky” evening of games, a haunted house experience and fun!
For more information, contact Essie Bowman at (202) 673-7768.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Halloween OctoberFest
Banneker Community Center (2500 Georgia Avenue, NW – Ward 6)
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Ages: 12 and under
Youth will enjoy crafts, carnival games, music, giveaways and more!
For more information, contact Henry Plater at (202) 673-6861.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Annual Ward 7 "House of Walkers and Freaks" Haunted House
Fort Davis Community Center (1400 41st Street, SE – Ward 7)
Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome  
Come one, come all (if you dare!) for a community-haunted house. See the strange, the misunderstood, ghost, goblins, witches, vampires, mummies and more!
For more information, contact Elijah Fagan at elijah.fagan@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Halloween Haunted House/care Trail & Party
Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW – Ward 8)
Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Join us for a scary night that will leave you frightened once you find ghost and goblins behind the walls.
For more information, contact Marc Williams at marcs.willims@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Halloween Haunted House and Movie Night
Emery Recreation Center (5801 Georgia Avenue, NW – Ward 4)
Time: 6 pm - 8:45 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
The Emery Recreation Center invites you for a Halloween night of spooky fun and gadgets.
For more information, contact Vondra Woodward at vondra.woodward@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
The TR "BOO HOUSE"!
Therapeutic Recreation Center (3030 G Street, SE – Ward 7)
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Ages: 5 – 15 yr.
Experience a night of thrills, goose bumps and chills, at the TR "BOO HOUSE"!
Children will need to be escorted by adults 18 and older. Admission: Free!
For more information, contact Victoria Cole-Rolon at victoria.cole-rolon@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Brentwood’s Annual Fall Festival & Carnival
Brentwood Recreation Center (2311 14th Street, NE – Ward 5)
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ages: All are Welcome
Join Brentwood Recreation Center for its Annual Fall Festival/ Carnival.
For more information, contact Avalon George at avalon.george@dc.gov.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
RH Terrell’s Spooky Bash
RH Terrell Recreation Center (155 L Street, NW – Ward 6)
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Ages: 18 and under
For more information, contact Jamar Hutcheson at (202) 321-9368.
Community Recreation Division

October 31
Haunted House
Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE – Ward 7)
Time: 6:45 pm - 9 pm
Ages: 6 – 18 years old
For more information, contact Marcia Brown at (202) 299-3327.
Community Recreation Division
 

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