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It’s usually hard to get playgrounds built on federal land downtown. But it’s not impossible if you’re a federal employee association, apparently: In late August, the Department of the Treasury completed a full Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a playground on the Treasury’s south lawn, and it’s on the agenda for this week’s Commission on Fine Arts meeting.
According to the document, the effort was organized by the Treasury Department Recreation Association, which desired a playground “to provide Federal Government employee’s children at ‘US Kids’ and ‘Small Savers‘ daycare centers a safe outdoor play/exercise facility on Treasury property.” Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin had one installed on the site back in the 1990s, but it was later removed. This one, too, would be temporary, lasting only through construction on the rest of the Ellipse.
For three years, though, it would be the most high-powered playground in the country.