The children of Garfield Terrace cut the ribbon on a new playground with District of Columbia Housing Authority, city, and community officials.

The new playground was built and made possible through a partnership between DCHA, Make Kids Smile, Foulger-Pratt, and M&T Bank.

Interim Executive Director Nathan Bovelle told families gathered at the event on June 19 that he had heard from Garfield Terrace residents that they needed a playground—and now it is here.

“We are happy to be here and happy to see the kids out there,” said Bovelle, who noted that as soon as the playground was built there were kids immediately playing on it.

Ward 1 Council member Brianne Nadeau said one of the first requests she received when she took office was to get a playground at Garfield Terrace. She said she was pleased that the city, DCHA, and community partners were able to make it a reality.

“We are here to work with you in partnership so that all of your needs are met,” she told the crowd.

Pete Ognibene, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Foulger-Pratt and president of Make Kids Smile, Inc., said, “I’m so pleased to have this playground for you. It warms our hearts…Enjoy this playground every moment you can.”

Playgrounds not only provide a place for children to exercise and have a good time, but also are great for families and caretakers, said Brigg Bunker, executive director of Foulger-Pratt. It is a space for community gatherings, relaxation, socialization, and more.

Garfield Terrace Resident Council President Lethia Summers quoted a song and said, “A change is going to come…if you keep the faith and expect it, it will come.”

Summers then gathered some children in the crowd to have them give a big “thank you” to everyone who made the playground possible.




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