Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for new D.C. recreation center named after Marvin Gaye


    Department of Parks and Recreation

    How sweet it is.

    Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) and other D.C. officials had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday for the opening of a new recreation center named after Motown legend and D.C. native Marvin Gaye.

    The Marvin Gaye Recreation Center, located in Ward 7, replaces the Watts Branch Recreation Center.

    “We are honored to celebrate and honor a DC native who brought so much joy to our world with a fantastic recreation center that will continue bringing joy to our community,” Bowser said. “The Marvin Gaye Recreation Center was a collaboration between DC Government and the community and we are proud to deliver a facility that will benefit residents for years to come.”

    The $14 million, two-story, 7,700-square-foot center features a music room, teaching kitchen, art gallery space, tech lounge, fitness center and senior room. Exterior amenities include a new playground with musical elements; a practice field for soccer, football and baseball; and NBA-regulation basketball courts.

    Improvements were also made to the existing Marvin Gaye Trail.

    “We want to give people a piece of Marvin with the Marvin Gaye Recreation Center – where he grew up and in the park he wrote early songs,” said Keith Anderson, D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation director. “Hopefully this will inspire the District as much as the District inspired him.”

    The recreation center broke ground in late 2016. It designed by IStudio Architects and constructed by MCN Build through the Department of General Services.

    Saturday also was Marvin Gaye Day.

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