Loudoun County invites members of the community to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of a one-of-a-kind destination playground at the Douglass Community Center. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the playground located behind the Douglass Community Center at 407 E. Market Street in Leesburg, VA.
Members of the Board of Supervisors, representatives of the Town of Leesburg, and the Loudoun Departments of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) as well as other local officials are scheduled to attend the event.
As part of the renovation project for the Historic Douglass High School Education & Development Campus, which is operated by Loudoun County Public Schools, PRCS engaged in a concept design for the playground structure that would complement the project and honor, restore and preserve the rich cultural significance of the building
The Douglass High School, constructed in 1941 on land purchased by the African American community, was the only African American high school in Loudoun County until the end of school segregation in the county in 1968.
The Douglass Community Center playground replacement project creates a themed experience that embraces the global impact and contributions that African Americans have made as a part of American history. The playground includes one-of-a-kind custom-made structures and replicas that depict African American history and culture, including the Hall of Heroes, which is inspired by the architecture of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and is the center structure that sets the tone for the themed playground concept.
About the Douglass Community Center
The Douglass Community Center in Leesburg, operated by the Loudoun County PRCS, returned to its newly renovated location at 407 E. Market Street and opened to the public on Monday, May 22, 2023.
The Douglass Community Center has served the community since 1978 offering a wide variety of activities and programs for all ages, including year-round licensed preschool classes and camps.
Follow the Douglass Community Center on Facebook for future announcements and updates. For more information, call the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or contact us by email at [email protected].
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