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Mayor Bowser wants to build an indoor sports complex at RFK Campus – WUSA9.com

Muriel Bowser’s FY2023 budget proposal could be the nail in the coffin for an already-fading dream of the Washington Commanders returning to play in the District.

WASHINGTON — Editor’s Note: The video above is from March 10, discussing developers’ vision for the future of RFK stadium. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser once called the defunct RFK Stadium “a National Park dedicated to asphalt.” Now, the mayor has solidified plans to change that. 

At a press conference Wednesday announcing her fiscal year 2023 budget proposal, Bowser called for the creation of a new indoor sports complex to be built at the RFK Campus. 

“The Mayor’s capital plan will turn RFK Campus into the premier destination for training, learning, clubs, tournaments and competitions,” the mayor wrote in her FY2023 ‘A Fair Shot’ budget proposal.

The complex would include several facilities available for public use, including a gymnastics training facility, an indoor track, climbing walls and boxing. D.C.’s Deputy Mayor Chris Geldart would be modeled after Ocean Breeze Park & Athletic Complex on Staten Island. Bowser estimates it would be finished in FY2028.  

“We’re making sure young people are challenged and engaged in school, after school, and during the summer!” the mayor tweeted alongside a picture of layout plans for the campus. 

Bowser proposed $434 million, over six years, for the construction/modernization of parks, recreation facilities (including RFK Campus) and libraries. Geldart said $60 million has been budgeted so far for the RFK project. 

READ: FY2023 ‘A Fair Shot’ budget proposal. 

RELATED: A look at the future of RFK Campus

Since all 190 acres are federally owned, and leased to the District, nothing can be done with the RFK campus until Congress changes the terms of its current lease with the city, or lets D.C. buy the land from the government outright. Only 27 of the 190 acres have been developed.

In 2019, The Fields at RFK – complete with playground and soccer fields – opened to neighbors and visitors on the Northeast side of the stadium closest to Benning Road. Bike and walking paths wrap around the park leading to Ward 7’s hidden treasures: Kingman and Heritage Islands.  

But since the Commanders left D.C. more than 25 years ago, most of RFK and its many parking lots have sat empty, leaving neighbors desperate for development. 

“Something other than a dilapidated potentially dangerous building that’s a bit of an eyesore,” said D.C. resident Samantha Zimmerman.  

After community input, Events D.C. – a semi-private company that operates the city’s entertainment and sports venues – released a rendering of their vision for the space.

The proposed site would include multi-purpose fields, an expansive market hall, a sports and recreation complex complete with a pool and indoor track, pedestrian bridges connecting East of the River communities to the complex and a memorial to its namesake: Robert F. Kennedy.

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Muriel Bowser’s FY2023 budget proposal could be the nail in the coffin for an already-fading dream of the Washington Commanders returning to play in the District.

WASHINGTON — Editor’s Note: The video above is from March 10, discussing developers’ vision for the future of RFK stadium. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser once called the defunct RFK Stadium “a National Park dedicated to asphalt.” Now, the mayor has solidified plans to change that. 

At a press conference Wednesday announcing her fiscal year 2023 budget proposal, Bowser called for the creation of a new indoor s…….

Muriel Bowser’s FY2023 budget proposal could be the nail in the coffin for an already-fading dream of the Washington Commanders returning to play in the District.

WASHINGTON — Editor’s Note: The video above is from March 10, discussing developers’ vision for the future of RFK stadium. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser once called the defunct RFK Stadium “a National Park dedicated to asphalt.” Now, the mayor has solidified plans to change that. 

At a press conference Wednesday announcing her fiscal year 2023 budget proposal, Bowser called for the creation of a new indoor s…….

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