RFK Quarterly Meeting
Brief Recap from the July Quarterly Meeting Below
The RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting was held on Monday, July 22, 2019, in the Media Room at RFK Stadium. Please see below for a recap from the meeting:
– The daily operator for The Fields, CRYSP, presented and provided a few updates on policies and procedures.
– Updates to the website are ongoing. You can find more information about policies around the playground, fields, pavilion use, etc. by visiting the website here, www.rfkfields.com. If you have questions or suggestions related to the website, please submit your comments by emailing RFKoutreach@eventsdc.com.
– Meeting attendees shared their excitement about The Fields opening and the success of the overall project.
The date and time for next RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting will be announced in early October 2019. To receive updates on all of our Events DC venues, visit us here to subscribe.
Double Dutch at The Fields
The Fields Host 40 Plus Double Dutch Club
On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, The Fields at RFK Campus were jumping. Double dutch jumping, that is. Joined by NBC4’s Molette Green, The Fields hosted members of the 40+ Double Dutch Club representing individuals from across the country.
The 40+ Double Dutch Club was created by Pamela Robinson in Chicago, IL. Robinson, who was 45 years old at the time, began the club as a positive outlet during a difficult time in her life. Now at age 48, Robinson’s club has grown into an international movement. Beginning with a Facebook group of under 100 members, the 40+ Double Dutch Club has grown to more than 4,000 members, with ages ranging from 40 to 70 years old.
“We’re really using this as an opportunity to promote friendship, fun, and fitness to all women over 40,” explained Robinson. Robinson and members of her Chicago club were joined at The Fields by members from Philadelphia, North Carolina, and Texas. Jumping state-to-state, the members of the 40+ Double Dutch Club expressed the shared, timeless joy of what the club provides to each of them.
“The 40 Plus Double Dutch Club allows women to get together and relive positive childhood memories while creating new ones,” said Robinson. NBC4’s Molette Green shared her childhood memory of jumping double dutch stating, “This is what I did, in DC, growing up as a kid in the Brookland community.”
The 40+ Double Dutch Club continues to expand, uniting women with this cherished pastime and living out their official club jingle declaring, “From the suburbs to the city, jumping all through the land with my double dutch team!”
Hammer’s House Party Tour Coming to DC!
Don’t Miss Out on our Three + Me Deal!
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s HAMMER TIME! We are excited to announce that we are bringing the Hammer’s House Party tour to the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Embarking on his first major tour since 1991, MC Hammer is bringing together some of the most recognizable Hip-Hop and R&B acts from the ’80s and ’90s to one stage — Sir Mix-A-Lot, Kid’N Play, DJ Kool, Tone Loc, and Young MC. Grab your hammer pants and get ready to bust a move! #HammersHouseParty
Date: Friday, August 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Entertainment and Sports Arena (1100 Oak Drive SE, Washington, DC 20032)
Convention Center Streetscape Update
The Best is Yet to Come
Exciting changes are ahead for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Initially, presented to community stakeholders in May 2017, plans for exterior improvements to the Convention Center have been approved by nearly all the governing bodies (i.e., National Capital Planning Commission, Commission on Fine Arts and District Department of Transportation) and the project team is ready to move forward.
The concepts will reactivate the exterior perimeter of the 2.3 million-square-foot Convention Center and better connect the building to the surrounding Shaw neighborhood. Future enhancements to the Center’s exterior during phase one of the project include new retail kiosks, a rooftop terrace with balconies and exterior stairs, lighting, and alterations to the surrounding streetscape including signage, planting beds and seating.
Phase two will bring new wayfinding, public art and a facelift for the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metro entrance at 7th and M Streets, NW. The plans will activate and enrich the sidewalks outside of the Convention Center along 7th, 9th, M, L and N Streets, NW.
To learn the latest update about the Convention Center exterior improvements and streetscape plans, RSVP and join us:
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place, NW; Meeting Room 156)
Tennis in the Nation’s Capital
Experiencing the highest attendance record in the tournament’s 51-year history, Citi Open attracted 78,643 people to Rock Creek Tennis Center in DC.
I became a DC-lover. When we come to play here, we see how much people enjoy watching us, how much people love tennis, and how they love this city. It’s been a great honor and something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.” – Bruno Soares, Washington Kastles
Game. Set. Match. #TennisReimagined. What do these words have in common? They fully describe this summer in the nation’s capital where tennis became a center point to all the fun. We can agree that there’s nothing better in this world than great sports and great food, and DC tennis enthusiasts were able to experience both this summer. Thanks to Mark Ein, Washington, DC-based venture capitalist, entrepreneur and civic leader, DC has become the premier tennis destination, beginning with the new location of the Washington Kastles Stadium to the transformation of the fan experience at Citi Open.
Finishing their 2019 season strong, Washington Kastles fans enjoyed a newly-constructed, 700-seat rooftop tennis stadium at Union Market. The crowd went wild for the sunsets over the city skyline, the food options curated by sports venue service provider Levy, and for the special matches featuring Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and Citi Open Champion, Nick Kyrgios.
“It’s really special playing on top of this roof… playing here in front of the crowd, having a lively atmosphere. It’s been really fun,” said Kastles player Kaitlyn Christian.
A few days later, the Citi Open began at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, and exciting matches weren’t all that people were talking about. For the first-time ever, the Citi Open featured a brand-new Market Square with some of the best local food vendors and chefs serving up meals fit for Instagram foodies and bloggers alike. Chef Jose Andres and his ThinkFoodGroup team brought Pepe food truck, Beefsteak and Butterfly Taco y Tortas to Market Square. Also in tow were Washingtonian favorites like Shake Shack, Founding Spirits, Compass Coffee and Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee, among others.
Serving as a perfect complement to the reimagined food and venue options, the competitive play had fans at the edge of their seats. Winning the Citi Open women’s double title, the first WTA championship for both players, Coco Gauff and Caty McNally made headlines. And Nick Kyrgios walked away from the Citi Open a champion as he earned his second title of 2019 and sixth career trophy. Following his victory, he stated, “This is the tournament I will definitely play the rest of my life.”
Gospel Fest was a Night to Remember
Award-Winning Gospel Performers Light Up the Arena.
On Saturday, August 10, the Entertainment and Sports Arena hosted Gospel Fest 2019, a spirited concert evening featuring a number of award-winning gospel performers from around the country. Attendees from across the region made their way to Congress Heights to see talented artists including Hezekiah Walker, Tye Tribbett, Jekalyn Carr, and Jarmone Davis. The locally-based Davis warmed-up the crowd before the evening’s first headliner, 25-year-old Grammy-nominated Jekalyn Carr. Carr’s energy, heartfelt messages, and wide-ranging vocals easily brought the crowd to their feet. Two-time Grammy winner Tye Tribbett’s electrifying set blurred the lines between gospel, R&B, and hip-hop. Finally, the powerful voice of headliner Bishop Hezekiah Walker filled the Entertainment and Sports Arena to the rafters, with a large backup vocal section creating a visually exciting and positive vibe that left guests smiling ear to ear.