Additionally, the Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation center also serves more than 200 Senior Citizens per week, and houses DPR sponsored daycare services for more than 30 children each day. Our center also serves a plethora of teens, preteens, young adults and adults, each day, via various programs and activities.
As good neighbors, we have developed a very positive working relationship with the staff and management of the DPR:
In November 2006, when the city needed a home operating base for Project Harvest, we not only agreed to host the this project, but, also many of our neighbors joined in as volunteers and contributors. We have agreed to allow our center to become the permanent host for this wonderful program that feeds thousands of District residents during the Thanksgiving season.
When the DPR and MPD needed a facility that could be utilized to host Ward 7-wide and citywide tournaments and late night activities for District teenagers, again, our neighbors not only agreed, but became active volunteers and contributors.
When the city needed a place to hold its annual Citywide Senior Citizen Picnic, our neighbors not only agreed, but, again have become active volunteers and contributors.
When the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission and DPR needed community support in land use negotiations with the National Park Service and the United States Senate and Congress, Eastland Gardens residents gladly stepped to the plate.
Of the $5 million in federal money allocated a few years ago, the commission has only about $3.2 million remaining because much of the money was spent on studies and planning during the project's fitful stops and starts. The city's parks and recreation office is chipping in $1.3 million for the renovation toward the $4.5 million total. But, this has proven to not be enough. We had to put off completion of the planned baseball field, due to the lack of funds.