FFF Votes $10,000 For Green Field
Contractor Chosen for Planting Grass
for Two Years
The Board of Directors of Friends of Francis Field (FFF) has
approved a two-year program to hire a private contractor to
plant grass on Francis Field. The plan would close half the
field each year and fence off the closed section to allow the
grass to grow. Turf Center Lawns, one of three professional
landscaping firms to bid on the project, was also selected as
the contractor at the October 15 Board meeting.
Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), which approved the
plan in principle in September, has received and is reviewing
the necessary paperwork. The FFF Board is asking for two
conditions in the donation agreement that were not included in
the original verbal discussions.
One is that FFF be permitted to terminate the planting after
the first year if it is determined "that grass is unlikely to
grow on the field" because of conditions such as lack of
The second is that DPR agree
a time-sharing agreement allowing for "the presence of dogs
off-leash on the field, consistent with the Advisory
Neighborhood Commission resolution of December 14, 2009," until
DPR opens the Francis Dog Park on the northern section of the
field that was authorized on October 25, 2010, but is yet to be
full donation agreement
is available on this website in PDF format.
The photo above shows the condition of Francis Field on
October 14, 2013. The future dog park area, nearest to the
swimming pool, was replanted with grass and covered with straw
in late September. It had been the construction site of the
Water and Sewer Authority's "cross-town tunnel rehabilitation
project" for more than a year.
Once DPR has approved the donation for the planting of grass
on the rest of the field, FFF will be launching a campaign to
raise the funds necessary for the two-year project.
(Please see our link on Volunteering
and Contributing ...we've made it possible to contribute to
FFF and pay membership dues by credit card, through a secure PayPal
portal, without writing or
of Art" Benefit for FFF at WestEnd25 Apartments November 9
Neighbors are invited to
attend a reception and art sale on Saturday, November 9, 2013,
at WestEnd25, the luxury apartment building at 1255 25th Street
NW, located directly across 25th Street from Francis Field.
lobby-level gallery will open at 4:00 pm, and there will be a
"cocktail reception" from 6:00 to 9:00 pm according to
WestEnd25. The sale will feature the art photography of J.P.
Kadzinski, one of whose works is show at right.
Ten per cent of the
proceeds will be donated to FFF's "Let's Make Francis Field
Green" campaign. WestEnd25 held a similar event for FFF last
January which raised several hundred dollars for the campaign.
This is a nice
opportunity for West End residents to meet their neighbors, and
see not only the artwork, but the lovely architecture of this
modern "lifestyle" building in the neighborhood.
FFF encourages its
members, friends, and neighbors to attend "An Evening of Art."
A poster for the event
is included on this website in PDF format.
and Fall Field Photos
of the Holes.
This was a busy season
on Francis Field. One of our service events was the work of the
FFF "Committee of the Holes," which turned out on the
field on August 12 to find any existing holes or low spots, and
to fill them to make the field safer for all users.
Eleven FFF members and
friends showed up with shovels, buckets, and other tools.
There a short
article with more photographs on this
website. FFF hopes to make this kind of field maintenance a
regular event. Volunteers to assist and organize in clean-up and
other activities are much needed and appreciated.
For all of September and
October, the Girls Field Hockey Team of the School Without Walls
High School practiced on Francis Field, and played one game
there. The team name is the Penguins.
While there is not as
yet an official field hockey league as part of the D.C. Public
Schools athletic program, it is a "club sport." School Without
Walls and Woodrow Wilson High School are the only District
schools with teams at present.
On September 19, as
shown in the photo above, the Penguins played the Eagles, a team
from Osbourn High School in Manassas, Virginia. The Walls team
is coached by Lauren Sheets, a volunteer. Representatives of
both teams said they found the field a bit dusty and would
appreciate more grass. (Click on the
photo to see a larger version.)
In addition to use by
school teams, one local business also had a "field day" outing
on Francis Field this fall.
The Advisory Board
Company, which has its corporate headquarters at 2440 M Street
NW, in a building that overlooks Francis Field, held a
team-building outing for its entry-level sales associates on
September 20. Events included a wheelbarrow race, (shown
at right), balloon toss, and egg-on-spoon relay. (Click on
photo for larger version.)
The Advisory Board
Company is a research, technology, and consulting firm, which
specializes in health care and higher education. The company has
about 2,400 employees in offices in the United States, Asia, and
Europe, and is publicly traded on the Nasdaq exchange.
Schedule for 2014 FFF Meetings
FFF President Anita Diliberto has announced the schedule for
major meetings in 2014, including the date of the
Annual Membership Meeting, when members elect Directors.
Locations have not yet been determined, but will be within
walking distance of the field. So mark your calendars. Here are
the upcoming dates:
March 20, 2014 Board of Directors
and Advisory Board
May 6, 2014 Annual Membership Meeting
Fundraising events are also being discussed. We will advise on those on this website.