Scissors & Shovels Day Kenilworth Recreation Center Groundbreaking

Scissors & Shovels Day Kenilworth Recreation Center Groundbreaking


>>WE ARE SO PLEASED TO HAVE YOU
ALL HERE TODAY. WE HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH THIS
FOR YEARS. I’M SO HAPPY TO SEE SO MANY
COMMUNITY MEMBERS OUT HERE TODAY.
GIVE YOURSELVES A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE
BUT IT IS GOING TO BE DONE. IT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.
IT IS HAPPENING. THANK ALL OF YOU.
THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
WE HAVE A LONG PROGRAM. I DON’T WANT TO HOLD THIS
PROGRAM UP. YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING LONG
ENOUGH.>>AMEN.
>>TO HELP US TO GET TO WHERE WE NEED TO BE WE NEEDED A STRONG
LEADER, SOMEBODY WHO BELIEVED IN THIS PROJECT.
SOMEONE WHO SAID YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO GO AHEAD AND GET THIS
THING DONE. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU
OUR FIRST SPEAKER, OUR MAYOR, YOUR MAYOR, MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: THANK YOU.
WELL, HELLO, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU FOR WAITING SO
PATIENTLY. WE HAD THIS BRIGHT IDEA THAT WE
WOULD HAVE A WHOLE DAY OF CUTTING RIBBONS, BREAKING GROUND
AND KEEPING PROMISES, AND SO WE HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE CITY.
WE STARTED IN WARD 2. WE WENT TO WARD 6.
WE WENT TO WARD 8. AND NOW WE ARE IN THE GREAT WARD
7. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: NOW, THEY TOLD ME
THERE ARE WONDERFUL CHILDREN IN WARD 7.
IS THAT TRUE?>>YES.
>>MAYOR: THEY TOLD ME THERE WERE BOYS AND GIRLS THAT STUDY
HARD.>>
[ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: THEY TOLD ME THERE
WERE BOYS AND GIRLS WHO LISTEN TO THEIR PARENTS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: THEY TOLD ME THERE
ARE BOYS AND GIRLS THAT ARE GOING TO BE OUR FUTURE LEADERS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: AND SO I SAID WE
BETTER GET THOSE BOYS AND GIRLS A NEW RECREATION CENTER. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: I AM REALLY PROUD TO
BE HERE WITH YOUR COUNCILMEMBER, COUNCILMEMBER YVETTE ALEXANDER.
GIVE HER A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: SO WHEN YOU HAVE A
SCISSORS AND SHOVELS DAY IT MEANS A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
DOING A LOT OF WORK TO GET TO THIS POINT, AND THESE THINGS
DON’T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. THEY HAPPEN BECAUSE YOU HAVE
LEADERS THAT ARE HOLDING EVERYBODY ACCOUNTABLE AND
KEEPING PROMISES AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT COUNCILMEMBER
ALEXANDER HAS BEEN DOING FOR THE RESIDENTS OF WARD 7. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: WHEN I LEAVE HERE
TODAY, WE’RE GOING TO OPEN A SIT-DOWN RESTAURANT IN WARD 7 AS
WELL. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: IT IS CALLED SALA
THAI AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE.
I HAVE ONE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND WE LOVE IT AND I’M SO GLAD
THAT THEY ARE OPENING IN WARD 7. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE
TO HEAR FROM COUNCILMEMBER ALEXANDER BUT I WANT TO
RECOGNIZE MEMBERS OF MY TEAM WHO ARE GOING TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR
DELIVERING THIS PROJECT. THE DIRECTOR OF DPR IS KEITH
ANDERSON. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: THE DIRECTOR OF OUR
DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES, WHICH IS THE CONSTRUCTION ARM
FOR THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT IS CHRIS WEAVER.
GIVE HIM A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: I WANT TO THANK ALL
OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE HERE, OUR ANC COMMISSIONERS.
I KNOW COMMISSIONER HASSAN AND LINI ARE HERE.
WHERE ARE THEY? GIVE THEM A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
I KNOW JAVIER BARKER IS HERE FROM EASTLAND GARDENS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: AND MARY BROWN FROM
D.C. PNI. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: SOUNDS LIKE THIS
NEIGHBORHOOD IS PRETTY EXCITED. I LIKE IT.
SO WHEN YOU PUT THE PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD, COUNCILMEMBER
ALEXANDER, ANC COMMISSIONERS, THE D.C. GOVERNMENT AND BOWSER
YOU GET 16,000 SQUARE FEET OF NEW RECREATION CENTER. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: YOU GET 17 MILLION
DOLLARS OF INVESTMENT. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: YOU GET A BRAND NEW
OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: AND YOU ARE GOING TO
GET SUSTAINABLE BUILDING, BOYS AND GIRLS BECAUSE WE HAVE TO BE
STEWARDS OF MOTHER EARTH. AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO
DO HERE. ANYBODY HEARD OF FIT D.C.? [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: FIT D.C. MEANS AND
THIS IS FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE, BUT WE GOT PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE
HERE, TOO, LIKE ME AND ALEXANDER AND YOU GOT SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE
LIVED A FEW MORE DECADES THAN US, OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: YES, SENIOR CITIZENS,
AND ANDERSON HERE, KEITH ANDERSON IS GOING TO MAKE SURE
THAT THIS CENTER SERVES THE LITTLE ONES, THE ONES IN THE
MIDDLE AND EVERYBODY ALL OF OUR SENIOR CITIZENS AS WELL.
THANK YOU FOR BUILDING UP THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
SO, COUNCILMEMBER ALEXANDER, I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU AND I KNOW
THE RESIDENTS OF WARD 7 WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR FOCUS ON THIS
GREAT CENTER.>>THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER. LET’S GIVE HER ANOTHER ROUND OF
APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>BECAUSE WE KNOW, WE KNOW WARD
7 HOW LONG THIS HAS BEEN, HOW MANY YEARS SINCE EYE BEEN ON THE
COUNCIL ACTUALLY. I HAD THE PLEASURE TO SEE THE
OLD KENILWORTH RECREATION CENTER AND I KNOW WHAT WE’VE BEEN
THROUGH. WE WERE LEFT, MAYOR BOWSER, WITH
A TRACK AND SOME TENNIS COURTS. THAT’S ALL WE WERE LEFT WITH.
AND KIND OF A RAGGEDY FEEL AND OUR POOL HAD ALREADY BEEN DUG
OUT AND THIS REPRESENTS, AND THIS HAS BROUGHT ACTUALLY IT WAS
A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT BROUGHT OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY TOGETHER.
IT BROUGHT KENILWORTH TOGETHER. EASTLAND GARDENS TOGETHER.
PARKSIDE TOGETHER. LOTUS SQUARE TOGETHER.
MAYFAIR TOGETHER. [ APPLAUSE ]>>IT BROUGHT US ALL TOGETHER AS
ONE TO NAVIGATE FOR OUR RECREATION CENTER.
A LOT OF US DIDN’T THINK IT WAS GOING TO BE DONE BUT IT IS HERE
AND WE ARE SO EXCITED TO FINALLY SEE THIS DAY, AND THIS MEANS SO
MUCH BECAUSE I KNOW THAT SOME OF OUR KENILWORTH SENIORS ARE OVER
AT DEANWOOD. I KNOW THAT OUR BOXING RING IS
HANGING IN THERE BUT THIS IS GOING TO BE A NEW BOXING
FACILITY. OVER HERE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>I DON’T KNOW IF ZERLINE
HUGHES IS HERE. SHE WOULD LOVE TO TEACH ZUMBA AT
HOME IN HER BACKYARD SO THIS IS GREAT AND THIS MEANS SO MUCH AND
OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, OUR D.C. PROMISE INITIATIVE THAT WE
WORKED REALLY HARD TO GET. MARY BROWN, THIS IS AWESOME.
THIS IS AWESOME. THANK YOU FOR HANGING IN THERE
WITH US. THIS IS FOR YOU.
ALL OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HERE, WE ARE REALLY DOING ALL OF THIS
FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE THE PROMISE.
YOU ARE OUR PROMISE. YOU ARE WELCOME, BABY.
YOU ARE OUR PROMISE. SO YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT
YOU UTILIZE THIS RECREATION CENTER AND BE THE BEST THAT YOU
CAN BE. SO REMEMBER WHEN YOU GO TO
SCHOOL YOU’VE GOT TO GET YOUR WORK DONE.
YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND THEN WHERE ARE YOU COMING?
THEN YOU’RE GOING TO COME TO KENILWORTH RECREATION CENTER. [ APPLAUSE ]>>YEA.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AT DGS AND OUR PARKS AND RECREATION.
THANK YOU ALL, BUT OUR COMMUNITY ROCKS AND, MAYOR BOWSER, YOU CAN
SEE HOW MUCH WE ROCK BECAUSE WE COME OUT, DON’T WE, WARD 7? [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU.
I LOOK FORWARD TO THE RIBBON CUTTING.
SO LET’S GET THIS REC CENTER BUILT.
THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: THANK YOU,
COUNCILMEMBER. THANK YOU.
SO I JUST GOT THE TIME LINE FROM ADMIRAL WEAVER AND HE SAYS
SUMMER FALL ’17. SUMMER FALL ’17, RIGHT DGS?
EVERYBODY RAISE YOUR HAND AT DGS.
>>TAKE THE PLEDGE.>>YOU HEARD IT HEAR.
OKAY. SO NOW LET’S HEAR FROM
COMMISSIONER LINI. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MAYOR.
I RECOGNIZE SO MANY OF YOU FROM THE MEETINGS, MANY MEETINGS
WE’VE BEEN IN TO BRING US TO THIS POINT AND THIS COMMUNITY
HAS TRULY PERSEVERED FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND I WANT TO THANK
THE COUNCILMEMBER AND THE MAYOR AND DGS AND DPR AS WELL FOR, YOU
KNOW, HOLDING UP THEIR END AND HELPING THIS HAPPEN.
BUT IT REALLY COULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE
PERSEVERANCE AND ADVOCACY FROM THE COMMUNITY AND EVERYONE
COMING TOGETHER SO THIS IS TRULY A GREAT INVESTMENT IN THE
COMMUNITY AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO USING IT MYSELF. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: AND PRESIDENT JAVIER
BARKER. LET’S HEAR IT FOR PRESIDENT
BARKER. [ APPLAUSE ]>>GOOD AFTERNOON.
SORRY. GOOD AFTERNOON, EASTLAND
GARDENS, KENILWORTH AND MAYFAIR. THANK YOU GUYS FOR COMING OUT.
THIS WAS A LONG TIME COMING. WE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT.
WE TRIED TO GET THE BEST WE COULD GET SO FINALLY IT IS HERE
AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD FOR 2017 AND HOPEFULLY WE ALL WILL
BE BACK HERE AND CELEBRATING THIS WONDERFUL DAY.
THANKS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: SO I KNOW THAT SOUNDS
LIKE A LONG TIME AWAY, BUT REALLY IT IS 18 MONTHS, RIGHT?
ABOUT 18 MONTHS? AND THAT’S HOW LONG IT TAKES TO
HAVE A NICE HIGH QUALITY BUILDING AND POOL, AND IT IS
GOING TO BE WONDERFUL. AND SO NOW I KNOW THAT EVERYONE
WANTS TO HEAR FROM THIS DYNAMIC LEADER, AND A WOMAN WHO I KNOW
IS GOING TO HELP US FOLLOW THIS PROJECT, BUT MORE THAN THAT STAY
FOCUSED ON THE COMPREHENSIVE EFFORTS THAT ARE NEEDED TO MAKE
SURE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND ALL OF OUR FAMILIES HAVE GREAT
OPPORTUNITY RIGHT HERE IN WARD 7.
MARY BROWN. [ APPLAUSE ]>>I AM A PROMISE.
>>I AM A PROMISE.>>BE THE PROMISE.
>>BE THE PROMISE.>>WE ARE THE PROMISE.
>>WE ARE THE PROMISE.>>I OWE ALL OF YOU A TREMENDOUS
DEBT OF GRATITUDE. D.C. PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD
INITIATIVE RESTS IN THE HEARTS AND THE SHOULDERS AND THE LOVE
OF THE ELDERS THAT I SEE SEATED HERE.
LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE ELDERS OF PROMISE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE REALLY THANK THE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FOR SEEDING THIS INITIATIVE.
THEY SAW IT AND THEY PLANTED A SEED BUT TODAY WHAT YOU ARE
SEEING IS A BODY OF STRONG, ACTUALLY WOMEN MOSTLY, THAT IS
NURTURING IT. FROM OUR COUNCILMEMBER, YVETTE
ALEXANDER WHO HAS STOOD UP FOR THIS FOR NINE YEARS.
TO MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER WHO IS WATERING D.C. PROMISE
NEIGHBORHOOD INITIATIVE. MAKING CERTAIN THAT CHILDREN
SUCCEED, PARENTS SUCCEED, COMMUNITIES THRIVE AND HEALTHY
AND SAFE PLACES EXIST. AND THEN WE HAVE — ACTUALLY OUR
HONORABLE ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON IS STANDING WITH US IN OUR
EFFORTS HERE AT PROMISE SO THIS IS REALLY HUGE.
I WANT TO THANK MR. STOKES WHO HAS LED THIS EFFORT JUST
FEVERISHLY FROM DPR AND I WANT TO THANK CYNTHIA AND JACKIE FOR
WHAT THEY ARE DOING FOR DGS. WE WANT TO GIVE THEM MUCH LOVE.
THANK YOU SO MUCH. SO IN THESE WALLS LOVE IS A
POWERFUL FORCE AND IN THESE WALLS WE WILL CREATE, WE WILL
BUILD THE NEXT GENERATION THAT WILL BE ABLE TO LEAVE KNOWLEDGE
AND WEALTH TO THE NEXT GENERATION.
D.C. PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD INITIATIVE, KENILWORTH PARKSIDE,
WHAT? WE ARE THE WHAT?
>>PROMISE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MAYOR: ALL RIGHT.
SO BE THE PROMISE. THANK YOU, MARY BROWN.
AND LET ME FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGE OUR DEPUTY MAYOR FOR GREATER
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, COURTNEY SNOWDEN WHO IS HERE WHO IS A
FELLOW WARD 7 RESIDENT. IN ADDITION TO ALL OF HER
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING AND
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH, COURTNEY IS — HAS A JOB
TODAY TO FOLLOW THE MAYOR SO SHE HAS BEEN WITH ME ALL DAY.
AND A NUMBER OF DIRECTORS GET TO FOLLOW THE MAYOR SO THEY CAN SEE
WHAT THE MAYOR WORK IS LIKE, RIGHT?
AND I GET TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE UP TO, TOO.
SO YOU WILL SEE ME AROUND THE CITY WITH SOME OF OUR DIRECTORS.
YOU ARE GOING TO SEE COURTNEY IN WARD 7.
SHE IS HEADQUARTERED IN ANACOSTIA, CLOSE TO THE BIG
CHAIR ONE OF OUR BIG GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS THERE SO WE ARE
BRINGING CITY HALL CLOSER TO THE NEIGHBORHOODS IN WARD 7 AND 8.
SO THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH, AND LET’S BREAK SOME GROUND. [ APPLAUSE ]>>1, 2, 3.
BE THE PROMISE.

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