WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require the District to construct a playground for the homeless shelter at DC General.
According to her office, the councilmember introduced the legislation after "discovering that the Mayor failed to act on a generous offer by the Homeless Children's Playtime Project. The organization was successful in soliciting donations from several local businesses, including Pepco, to fund the entire cost of constructing a playground at DC General. This legislation calls for the Mayor to identify possible sites for the playground on DC General's property within 30 days and to work with the Homeless Children's Playtime Project and its funders to support the construction of a playground there as soon as possible."
In a written statement on Tuesday, Cheh said:
"The ability to play in a safe and fun environment is something we owe all District children, especially those whose families are homeless. Although many may view something like a playground as a minor amenity, for the children living at DC General, a playground can help reduce the stress and trauma of homelessness. And it simply lets children be children. Of course, the District should promptly close DC General in favor of more suitable and permanent housing for families, but that will not happen immediately. In the interim, the children at DC General deserve the right to play."