Last year, Events DC presented fleshed-out short-term concepts for the redevelopment of RFK Stadium and the surrounding 190-acre campus. Since then, DC United has played its last game there in preparation to move to an under-construction stadium at Buzzard Point, leaving RFK mostly fallow besides regular farmers’ markets and occasional community, entertainment and recreational sports events.
Now, Events DC has provided a more definitive timeline to further activate the site, including a plan to open three multi-purpose recreational fields next spring.
As part of the first phase of the short-term redevelopment, the asphalt of surface parking lot 7 will be replaced with two full-sized soccer and lacrosse fields flanking a youth-sized soccer field in a north-south arc parallel to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Each field will have artificial turf and will be able to accommodate two games simultaneously. The youth soccer field will also have a baseball diamond on either side.
This phase is envisioned to incorporate a playground, picnic area, and a “celebration pavilion” for community events, medal ceremonies and the like. An existing parking lot with 315 spaces will be rehabbed to provide vehicular access to the site; there will also be a drop-off point.
Events DC has created spec architectural drawings of the fields and accompanying buildings and is currently preparing a request for proposals for a designer and construction contractor; they expect to choose contractors by this spring. A zoning text amendment will be required for approval of the recreation fields. Assuming that the approval process is completed this summer, the fields will be on track to open to the public in spring of 2019.