The Arboretum Community Center was originally built in the late 1960s in association with DC’s effort to develop recreational facilities. This center is a prime example of Park Service Modern Design of Mission 66, a federally sponsored program in the ’50s and ’60s to improve deteriorated and dangerous conditions in the national parks. Recently, the project was added to the historic registry.
Nestled between the 5th District Precinct and The National Arboretum, the center is a small one-room site but features multiple outdoor opportunities. MGAC is providing project management services on behalf of our client, the DC Department of General Services (DGS), for the renovation of the existing historic community center and the addition of a larger community center to include a mass timber ½ Gym, a multipurpose room, Fitness Center, soft-play classroom, flex computer lounge, bathrooms, kitchenette, half gym, and other program spaces. The ½ gym will be the first mass timber structure for DPR’s recreation centers. The site amenities will be designed with the many native plantings and trees of Washington, DC in mind. Additional amenities include a new playground for all ages, a pavilion for community gatherings, outdoor amphitheater seating, walking paths, community gardens, greenhouse, new outdoor fitness, tennis and basketball courts, and improved site lighting.