Chevy Chase Citizens Association: May 31, 2017

The Chevy Chase Community Center is located at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2017)

Public meetings are scheduled early next week to discuss renovation plans for two recreation areas in our association’s vicinity: the Chevy Chase Community Center and Lafayette Park.

The D.C. government plans to renovate the community center, at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW, starting in 2019. Our association has been working with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase) to plan a survey of area residents and other users of the facility to gauge how the community uses the center now and what people would like to see offered there in the future.

Association member Amy Mack and architect Patrick Williams put together an initial draft of a survey, and ANC 3/4G member Jerry Malitz revised the format with the idea of testing a pilot version before we distribute it to the community.

On Monday, June 5, there will be a meeting at the center to review the latest version and develop a plan for distribution of the survey early this fall. There will be follow-up meetings during the summer to discuss the available long-term development options for the center and the nearby public library, according to ANC 3/4G chair Randy Speck.

Our association and ANC 3/4G will also co-sponsor meetings to discuss short-term needs for improving the center and its programs to identify changes that might be made in advance of more significant modifications or improvements.

We encourage anyone interested in the community center complex to attend the meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. Monday at the center. We’ve heard from many senior residents of the area, but we’d also like to hear from families, who have not been well-represented in meetings so far. We’ll keep you informed of developments through this column and the Chevy Chase listserv.

The Lafayette Recreation Center may be renovated and expanded. (Brian Kapur/The Current/July 2016)

A group called Friends of Lafayette Park and Recreation has taken its own public survey to determine what people think about possible projects at the park, which adjoins Lafayette Elementary School between Broad Branch Road and 33rd Street NW.

On Tuesday, June 6, the group will hold a public meeting starting at 7 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center to discuss the survey results. The D.C. government plans a renovation of the recreation center at the park; separate meetings will be announced on that project.

— Ted Gest