Expect Closures at Turtle Park in March
In preparation for a major renovation slated to begin this spring, Friendship (Turtle) Park will be closed on Monday, March 9 and from Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2 to allow contractor Thompkins Builders to conduct site assessments. Construction was initially expected to begin as early as January, but was delayed, in part, due to the discovery of a sewage line running under the existing recreation center that must be relocated before construction of the new center begins.
The baseball fields at Turtle Park will remain open during the park closures and be fully accessible to the community. The fields are anticipated to be open throughout construction, as well. However, Home Run Baseball, which usually is a fixture at Turtle Park during the summer months, will relocate its popular baseball camp. Campers won’t have far to go, though, as Home Run Baseball will take up residence at Fort Reno park and Wilson High School, where its winter baseball camps are also held.
Concurrent with the site assessments, the Department of General Services intends to release additional details regarding the park’s two planned play spaces, one for toddlers and young kids and one for older children, later this month. As Tenleytown, D.C. reported in December, Turtle Park will have nearly 14,500 square feet of playgrounds following the renovation.
A proposed design for the playgrounds is currently under review by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Pending DPR’s approval, DGS expects to meet with the Turtle Park improvement team, composed of local community leaders, to present the design for review and comment in mid-March. A meeting with the broader Tenleytown/AU Park community would take place toward the end of the month.