The Friends of Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park was formed by a group of parents frustrated by the lack of field space for young athletes in Washington DC. Since forming in 2010, CRYSP has engaged with the community around the RFK stadium to develop a joint vision of how this unused parcel of asphalt could be activated for community use. (GG Wash Article)
The Mayor and City Council agreed with our community-inspired design and began construction at the site in 2018. In 2019, our vision will be realized as three new fields and other amenities will open for public use.
Our vision is one of green waterfront space that will be a gathering place for youth and adult sports. This plan can alleviate the overcrowding on existing nearby fields, can support existing activities, such as the Farmer's Market, and can make the area a destination for those that want to exercise, enjoy the waterfront, bike, or hike on Kingman Island.
Re-claiming this area as usable space also helps solve the storm water runoff issues that are associated with the existing parking lots. As the new multi-field complex opens, Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Partners will be working to ensure field accessibility for local DC youth and adult teams while also employing their advocacy and design skills to identify additional areas in the city for play spaces.
The three founding youth organizations of CRYSP are Capitol Hill Little League, Sports on the Hill, and Washington Capital Futbol Club. Joining those three organizations on the CRYSP Board of Directors are DC Fray, District Sports, Washington Area Frisbee Club, Living Classrooms and DC SCORES.
Read about our team.