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  • RFK Site Plan is Unveiled - Showing Youth Sports Park is Compatible with Future Site Uses Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park (CRYSP) is a neighborhood-inspired vision for playing fields, walk/bike trails, an outdoor farmer’s market pavilion, river access and other amenities that would replace the north lot on the RFK Stadium Complex.  This vision addresses a key lack of field space that has left teams packed like sardines into the few spaces that are available nearby Kingman Park, Rosedale, Carver/Langston, and Capitol Hill, and that recognizes the relative lack of green space in this quadrant of DC.  While the CRYSP proposal makes perfect sense on its own, it remains critically important that any development of parks on the RFK site be compatible with other future uses that have been discussed for RFK ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2013, 1:01 PM by Mike Barrette
  • Parking Analysis Shows that CRYSP Project is Compatible with Current and Future RFK Use With the planned move of DC United, CRYSP has been asked by DC government to show the overall impact of parking if the CRYSP project were implemented.  CRYSP planners are aware that some elected officials have an eye toward bringing back the Redskins, and/or developing a stadium that could be used as part of DC’s Olympic bid.  With that possible use in mind, and taking into consideration the 2006 National Capital Planning Commission’s (NCPC) plans for the overall complex, CRYSP evaluated the overall number of parking spots under two scenarios.  The short-term scenario envisions the CRYSP development with no other changes across the RFK Complex.  Under that scenario, only 16% of parking spots would be lost ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2013, 9:21 AM by Mike Barrette
  • Non-profit organization formed The Friends of Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park (CRYSP) has submitted its application for status a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status allowing it to take tax-deductible donations.  The approval of that application is pending.  The Board Members of this newly formed organization consist of the following: At large members – Mike Godec, Mike Barrette, Ram Uppuluri, Ziad Demian, Sanju Misra.  Founding members – Sports on the Hill (Larry Kaufer), Capitol Futbol Club (Scotte MacQueen), Capitol Hill Little League (Seth Shapiro), Rosedale Citizens Alliance (Bob Coomber), Friends of Kingman Park -- TBD.  President – Mike Godec.   Treasurer – Ram Uppuluri.   Secretary – Bob Coomber.
    Posted Dec 3, 2012, 4:52 PM by Mike Barrette
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Transforming RFK's North Parking Lot into Usable Green Space 

After extensive outreach to neighbors in Kingman Park, the Friends of Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park released a new site plan on 12/10/12 (press release).

CLICK HERE TO SEE CRYSP + COMPREHENSIVE RFK STADIUM AREA PLAN (File is large and will take some time to load)

Rendering shows CRYSP (right) with new stadium.

Creating a Sustainable DC:

A. CRYSP Will Reduce Stormwater Run-off

If you are following the problems stormwater and sewer overflows are causing in DC, it becomes clear that the RFK Sports Park can help solve this problem.  Did you know that approximately 40,000,000 gallons of water per year runs off the RFK northern lot - polluting the Anacostia?  By replacing parking lots with permeable services, this project can be part of the environmental solution the District residents are seeking.  See Washinton Post article here.

B. Green Transportation
Plans include an electric car charging station, Capital Bikeshare stations, and access via Streetcar or Metro.

C. Sustainable Features
CRYSP is looking for sustainable features, for example, we are exploring solar panels to supplement power use - reducing the need for fossil fuels.  The design will also look to create water collection areas that will allow stormwater to slowly make its way to the river.
The National Capital Planning Commission Report says:
"The 80 acres of the RFK site that border the waterfront and fall within the floodplain that extends to Oklahoma Avenue should be developed as a waterfront park that includes ball fields and other active recreational

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