Friends of Kennedy Playground
December 1998 meeting
I. Committee Reports
Michael Williams reports that the renovation project is funded (in fact, over-funded by an error in budget documents). He expects that the draft Request for Proposals (RFP) will be available in January 1999, for review just prior to release. The Office of Property Management (now an independent city agency) is responsible for the project, which should be better than the rather distracted DPW.
Michael suggested the following tentative schedule:
-- Review and release of RFP January 1999
-- Awaiting contractor responses
to RFP 45 to 60 days
-- Review and selection by Office
-- Approval by Mayor/City Council
-- Award of Design Build
-- Licenses and Notice to Proceed Late Fall 1999
-- Groundbreaking Early Spring 2000
Expected square footage of the rec center: 22,000 square feet
Time comparison for planning at McKinnley/Lincoln (Lincoln & R Sts., NE): 8-10 mos.
Michael gave an estimate for the cost of providing field lighting at Kennedy: $280,000
Maintenance for the Kennedy field (or lack thereof) is currently the responsibility of DRP, but they are developing a private contract for maintenance city-wide (not including ballfields). We mentioned the water pipe breaking in the field, which needs repair.
The budget at DRP has been substantially reduced from $36 million per year to $21 million.
Eloise reported the current FOKP bank balance as $3462.60
III. Clark Construction
The community outreach person (Louise Puluzi) from Clark has been invited to our meetings.
IV. Board nominations
We are looking forward to nominations for at least one board position.
VI. Phyllis Eaddy was nominated for a community award. She proposed a small children's library and reading program, which hopefully can be expanded into a larger library in the new rec center.
Painting Project: the rec center will be pained on Saturday, Dec 12, 1998, with paint provided by DRP. We need 30 volunteers to paint the inside walls and ceilings from about 8:30am to about 12 noon.
Holiday Party: scheduled for Saturday, Dec 19th, setup beginning at about 11am, the main program (decorating and snacks) from 12 noon to about 3pm, and with Glory Tabernacle conducting their program from about 3 to 4 pm. They will be arriving to set up about 2:15 pm or so.
It was moved and unanimously agreed that FOKP spend $150 for arts and crafts supplies for the Holiday Party. Randy and Phyllis agreed to purchase the supplies (incl. for example sprinkles, glue, popcycle sticks, construction paper, pipe cleaners, foam balls, pins, beads, etc.), and to seek reimbursement with receipt.
John Borges announced a Neighborhood Event, December 10th, Thursday, at Banneker Rec Center, and all are invited.
The DRP will be having its annual 1999 open house at the DRP HQ, 3149 16th Street, NW, from 1 to 5 pm. All are invited.
The next FOKP meeting was agreed to be held Monday, January 11, 1999, at 6:30 pm., at the Kennedy rec center.
Kennedy Playground Recreation Center
John Borges, Director
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