April 14, 2014
Meeting Notes from RFK Stakeholders Meeting
Theresa DuBois, External Affairs Manager with Events DC, called the meeting to order.
Meeting attendees introduced themselves which included Kingman Park and Hill East neighborhood residents, ANC commissions, Council Member Yvette Alexander, and other interested parties.
Erik Moses, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Events DC, gave an update on both the children’s playground located on the RFK green space, and the RFK Stadium Redevelopment Study.
The children’s playground will undergo regular maintenance such as mowing of grass, mulching, and correction of egregious safety hazards. DC Events’ stated goal is to bring the playground into compliance with published industry standards. Only the bare minimum is planned. No other upgrades will be considered due to the on-going RFK Stadium Development Study.
RFK Stadium Redevelopment Study:
It is currently on-going. Further updates will be provided to the community when more information is obtained.
Volkswagen Rallycross Presentation:
Kevin Healy, Managing Director with Andretti Sports Marketing, made his presentation regarding the Volkswagen Rallycross event scheduled for June 21-22, 2014.
Mr. Healy said that he has been working closely with Events DC to insure that neighborhood concerns are address. He stated that this race will be nothing like the race back in 2002 and that noise levels will be much less due to, among other factors:
1. The race location which will be on Lot 7 located behind DC General Hospital;
2. Race car engines are fine tuned;
3. Individual races are short in actual time spent on the racetrack.
Andretti Sports is reaching out the local middle and high schools to involve students in the motercross event, as this event is a good hands-on learning experience incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Residents suggested that students at both Eastern High School and students living at DC General Shelter be invited to participate. Mr. Healy said he would follow up on those suggestions.
Despite reassurances to the contrary from Mr. Healy and DC Events, residents voiced concerns over noise levels and quality of life issues.
Residents also voiced concerns over the environmental impact of the race on both the river and wildlife.
Mr. Healy assured there will be no impact. All sand used for construction of the race tract will be removed. Any oil spills would be a hazard to the race cars and those would be immediately cleaned up. Trash will be picked up, and the area will be left in the same, if not better, condition.
DC Events agreed to have a follow-up meeting after the event is held to hear community feedback before deciding on whether another contract will be signed for future racecar RFK events.
The next scheduled meeting is July 14, 2014.