Campus Redevelopment Update
As the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC today announced the selection of Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park (CRYSP) to provide operations support of the new 27-acre RFK Campus Fields complex. The newly approved contract by the Events DC’s Board of Directors will mark a proposed base-term contract, starting today through September 30, 2019 with four one-year renewal options.
As the daily operator, CRYSP will be responsible for managing the scheduling and field operations to ensuring the utilization of the fields complex for sports clubs, leagues, individuals and other groups seeking to rent and/or use the space. Their responsibilities will also include managing the permitting process, collecting rent, preparing the fields for use and monitoring its daily use. As the operator, their role will also assist with developing operating policies, procedures, schedules and will participate in any community engagement activities related to the fields.
“Our vison for the RFK Campus redevelopment project is to restore this Campus as a dynamic entertainment and sports destination for our residents and visitors to enjoy and we feel confident that Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park (CRYSP) is the right partner to bring this vision to life with our 27-acre fields complex. CRSYP will not only help us fill the need with fields for sports teams and youth in the city, but together, we’ll create a vibrant new recreational destination for generations to come,” said Max Brown, Chairman, Board of Directors at Events DC.
With a long-standing history and commitment to the RFK Campus community, CRYSP is a grassroots-initiated 501 (c)(3) organization made up of community advocates supporting the conversion of unused space to useable, accessible playing fields in Washington, DC. Formed in 2010 by a group of parents, CRYSP has grown into a broad-based community coalition of 13 area organizations: three youth sports organizations (Sports on the Hill, Washington Capital FC and Capitol Hill Little League), three adult sports organizations, three neighborhood associations near the RFK Fields Complex and three environmental organizations (Living Classrooms and Groundwork Anacostia).
“As the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, we are excited to announce our partnership with Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park (CRYSP) as the operator of the new RFK Campus Fields complex. CRYSP shares our forward-thinking commitment to finding innovative and creative approaches to better serve our city’s neighborhoods by bringing sports and entertainment activities that will drive economic development and opportunities,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “CRSYP will not only be a partner but they’re also a fabric of the RFK Campus community, who is deeply invested in ensuring the future success of the fields.”
The new fields are the first program element that are a part of Events DC’s vision for the RFK Campus redevelopment project. Events DC first presented the plan to the community in 2016 which included recommended program elements from community, stakeholder and city official feedback.
The new fields complex on the 190-acre RFK Campus will include, three multi-purpose artificial turf fields to accommodate kickball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and/or softball, a celebration pavilion and restroom facilities to a playground and picnic area, increased green space and landscaping. The complex will also showcase enhanced walking and biking paths and improved riverwalk access.
The new fields are scheduled to open in June with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and community celebration for all residents to participate.