Community Improvement Day - Volunteer to Beautify Keene Field in Ward 5 on 9/22!

August 16, 2018

Hundreds of real estate development volunteers. One day. Renovating one community asset! Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Keene Field 5205 Rock Creek Church Road NE (at Riggs Road and North Capitol Streets NE; use 33 Riggs Road, NE for your GPS) (Rain date 9/29)

  • This year, the DCBIA Community Improvement Day effort will recondition Keene Field in Ward 5, a field that abuts DC Bilingual Public Charter School. The open field is primarily used by young people and adults in the surrounding community to play soccer and host community events. Partnering with the DC Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR), DCBIA continues to meet with DPR leaders and community members to finalize design for enhanced uses of this popular site.
The DCBIA Community Improvement Day project will breathe life into and create enhanced uses of this already popular, but underutilized site. The design elements include:
  • hillside games
  • entry portals
  • butterfly gardens
  • seating and shade structures
  • a walking path
  • exercise equipment
  • way finding and educational signage
  • general landscaping
  • adding portals for future community projects
  • as well as basic but necessary upgrades to include replacing perimeter fence
  • fallen tree removal
  • brush clearance
  • replanting ground cover
  • and much more.
The 2018 DCBIA Community Improvement Day
  • Design Co-Chairs:
  • Sonal Shah, Project Manager and Leon Ge, Architect, of HOK Architects.
  • General Contractor Chair is Meral Kanik, Project Engineer, Gilbane Building Company.
  • Steve Hawryluk, Director, James G. Davis Construction Corp. and Rob Kurucza, Senior Project Manager, HITT Contracting are DCBIA Community Services Corporation President and Vice President respectively, lending their project management leadership to the effort.
  • These DCBIA leads are currently working now with a team of talented DCBIA design and general contractor volunteers to prepare us for Community Improvement Day 2018 scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Want to get involved?


Plan on joining us on Saturday, September 22? Do yourself a favor and complete the waiver form in advance. Otherwise, you may stand in line to sign it. It is a mandatory form to participate. Email us at with questions. We will also email you more details as they firm up once you register to volunteer! Complete the waiver.


To do this work, we need your financial support.

This year, we are offering the following sponsor categories:

  • Title Sponsor: $10,000+
  • Benefactor: $5,000 - $9,999
  • Patron: $2,500 – 4,999
  • Sponsor: $1,000 - $2,499
  • Donor: $500 - $999
Sponsor benefits include: recognition in DCBIA website, event signage, social media mentions. Patron or higher level sponsors' logos appear on event t-shirt!







Donations are tax-deductible for charitable purposes to the DCBIA Community Services Corporation, a 501 c(3) - FEIN 52-2051884. Please donate NOW so we can be prepared for the big day! Mailing address: DCBIA, 455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20001. Please note CID 2018 in your memo. [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]


In its 26th year, DCBIA organizes “DCBIA Community Improvement Day” to renovate a Washington, DC community site each year. Preceded by months of design work and community engagement meetings, teams of DCBIA architects and general contractors create a new vision for a DC recreation or other community site needing repair or programming. In one day in the fall, DCBIA and community members are then invited to perform the volunteer activities on the site that will execute the vision and complete the project. Want to know what an impact you can make by donating to or volunteering for DCBIA Community Improvement Day on September 22? Take a look at the video* to hear directly from the community members who were positively impacted by our recent Community Improvement Days! Volunteer for this year's effort! See you on Saturday, September 22, 2018 Video produced by: Spielmann Studio.