Stead Park was reopened to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was joined by D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), members of Friends of Stead Park as well as other city officials and members of the community for the event. The small community park nestled between JR.’s and Foundry United Methodist Church has become a major venue for LGBT community events over the years, including Capital Pride’s movie nights and games of Stonewall Kickball.
Martin Espinoza, co-founder and commissioner of Stonewall Sports and Stonewall Kickball told the Blade, “the field is beautiful and inviting not just for our players but for the entire community.”
Espinoza continued, “We now have benches and seating walls for spectators to come out and be a part of the game. We look forward to testing out the new field soon.”
The park now has a stage and seating areas. The patchy grass of the field has been replaced by Astroturf.