Editor’s Note: Originally published on September 26, this post has been updated to reflect the new date (October 21) of the public oversight roundtable.
By ANC Commissioners Kishan Putta (2E01) and Elizabeth Miller (2E07)
After over 2,600 signed the community petition on the Jelleff Field deal, the DC Council has formally announced a public oversight roundtable and invites you to come share your input on Monday, October 21, downtown or in writing.
Here is the announcement of the upcoming DC Council Oversight Roundtable: “Access to the Public Field at Jelleff Recreation Center” with instructions on how you can testify on Monday, October 21, at 11 am at the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Room 500). You must register to testify by close of business on Friday, October 18. Please email RYA@dccouncil.us or call (202) 727-7903 with your name, address, telephone number, organization affiliation, and title. (Please cc us on your email so we can keep track of all the community testimony: 2E01@anc.dc.gov [Putta] and 2E07@anc.dc.gov [Miller].) It is important that the DC Council hear from as many affected or concerned residents, students, parents, and community organizations as possible.
From the DC Council announcement: “The purpose of the roundtable is to conduct oversight regarding the Department of Parks and Recreation's approval of a contract that provides access to the Jelleff Recreation Center for the Maret School during afterschool hours for ten years. There has been significant community need for additional field access by the recreation center, neighboring public schools, and the community at large. Community stakeholders provided considerable input expressing their desire for the Department of Parks and Recreation to not renew the use agreement with the Maret School.”
Please sign up to testify today! After you sign up, be sure to write your own DC councilmember and ask him/her or their staff to attend the hearing as well. Click here for councilmembers’ contact information and more information and for other ways to help. If you are unable to testify at the roundtable, written statements may be submitted through COB Friday, November 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please cc us as well.
And thank you to the over 2,600 of you who have signed the petition. Please sign if you haven't already, and share with others.
Your efforts are having a impact. We will keep working for positive change, and we hope to see you on Monday, October 21.