Kennedy Park & Recreation Center1401 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Design Achievement – The Kennedy Park & Recreation Center is a community focal point, serving as a safe haven for at-risk children within its neighborhood. DLR Group's designers provides a modern idiom to mirror the next generation of residents in this evolving urban environment. The architecture thoughtfully reflects the neighborhood’s context while augmenting the community’s town center atmosphere. The progressive design also echoes the community’s desire to attract users of all ages. In keeping with this theme, the program encompasses tot lots, tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball field, and reflective areas, as well as indoor spaces for social gatherings. As a whole, the recreation center’s compact design minimizes the building’s footprint and maximizes the spaces for play. In stark contrast to the facility the Kennedy Park & Recreation Center replaced, the gym is generously day-lit, thanks in part to its use of the first glass gymnasium allowed in the District of Columbia. The facility is also considerably larger than average – serving a dual purpose in its standard function and as a community gathering place.
Scope Summary – This scope of Kennedy Park & Recreation Center included a new 17,000 SF indoor facility with an oversized gym that includes a full basketball court and bleachers as well as a stage. An exercise gym, locker rooms/showers, arts and craft room, game room, library, classroom, and kitchen are included in the programmed spaces. This facility supports community services, such as day care, elder care, and academic and instructional classes. Operationally, the facility’s simple construction and systems minimize long-term costs. For user comfort and building performance, deep overhangs and recesses were incorporated to moderate heat gain and shade the large expanses of glazing. DLR Group provided architecture and planning services.