November 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm EDT | by Michael Key
Stead Park reopens
Stead Park, gay news, Washington Blade

Mayor Vincent Gray, fourth from left, was joined by Friends of Stead Park and other city officials and supporters for the ribbon-cutting ceremony reopening the field on Nov. 15, 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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 The patchy grass of the field has been replaced by Astroturf.

Click here to see photos of Stonewall Kickball in action.

Michael Key has worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Blade since 2009 and is currently serving as the photo editor. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on the campaign trail and in cities along the East Coast taking iconic photos documenting the extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Follow Michael

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