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MGAC on the Move: Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Hardy Park

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The building process is complex and comes with common—and not-so-common—challenges. Learn more about what we do as Project Managers in our monthly video series, MGAC on the Move. Each month a different member of our team will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at one of their current projects. Now let’s get moving!

This month, Mike Etherton gives us a tour of Hardy Park, a newly renovated 5.5 acre park that was completed earlier this month and offers a myriad of outdoor opportunities for the community.


Hello. I’m Mike Etherton with MGAC and Hardy Park in Washington, D.C., let’s get moving. Hardy Park is a five-and-a-half-acre site run by the Department of Parks and Recreation. It has a rec center, outdoor basketball court, two tennis courts, and a 7500-square foot dog run. The playground was renovated around existing trees with a nature-inspired theme and ADA-accessible for 2 to 5 and 5 to 12-year-olds, keeping close attention not to damage one of the oldest living elm trees in Washington, D.C. The athletic field was regraded to a plus or minus 2% grade for competitive soccer play. Surrounding the athletic field is a walking track with many outdoor exercise stations. The splash pad was built with over 40 spray features and was designed with a recirculating water system to conserve water use. It provided an ADA-accessible community garden for all ages to grow plants, flowers, and vegetables. And finally, a custom pavilion designed to resemble a butterfly for outdoor gatherings. I hope you enjoyed seeing what’s happening at Hardy Park. Follow us to see MGAC’s next move.

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Katie Rubino

Katie is a Senior Communications Manager at MGAC, leading the Marketing Team in efforts related to social media and public relations.

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