Rose Park Phase II Complete, Playground Chosen for Upgrade

Rose Park benefited first from private donations and now will receive government funds.

Rose Park in Georgetown's East Village is getting a lot of care and attention thanks first to the privately funded renovation from Friends of Rose Park and soon public monies will support a playground upgrade that Mayor Vincent Gray recently announced.

For the past three weeks Phase II of the Rose Park renovations has been underway. The project wrapped up over the weekend and the engraved bricks are now in place around an upgraded and expanded flagpole area. Additionally the park boasts two new Yoshino cherry trees and nine new rose bushes, courtesy of the Georgetown Garden Club.

"Friends of Rose Park, Inc. is very pleased to announce that our Master Plan Phase II construction project was completed today, and the play area at the 26th and O Streets flagpole is re-opened to the public," wrote David Abrams in an email to the community.

Friday, Gray's office sent out a press release about his Playground Improvement Project, which will use "end-of-year capital funds" to renovate 32 playgrounds throughout the city. Rose Park is the only Ward 2 park to receive these funds.

"Friends of Rose Park was delighted to see that Rose Park is included on the list of playgrounds identified by DPR and we look forward to working with DPR in a true public/private partnership to insure that the needs of the folks who use the park are met," wrote Abrams in an email to Patch.


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