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Gray Cuts Ribbon On Twentieth Renovated D.C. Playground

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The renovated playground in Ward 7's Benning Park had a castle-and-dragon theme.
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The renovated playground in Ward 7's Benning Park had a castle-and-dragon theme.

The District of Columbia is investing millions of dollars to create unique play spaces in each of the city's eight wards, and today Mayor Vincent Gray cut the ribbon on the twentieth playground to be renovated — and this one features castles and dragons.

The $2.5 million renovation of the park in Ward 7's Benning Park includes plenty of slides, swings, play castles, and even dragons to climb on. There are tennis and basketball courts, as well as green spaces to walk.

Tamayra Hilll brought her son to play here on opening day. "This is a great outlet for the children. [It's] somewhere for them to come and play, [and] there are lots of things to do and it will keep them out of trouble," she said.

The playground's renovation is part of Gray's Play D.C. initiative, which set aside $35 million to renovate playgrounds around the city. Twenty more playgrounds are set to be renovated, and each will have a different theme.

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