In the past 24 hours two readers have reported being told by representatives of the Bullpen
(the "festival park" coming to the northwest corner of Half and N) that they are planning to launch the food, drink, and entertainment venue at 5 pm on Friday (May 1), before the Nats game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The official website at TheBullpenDC.com
should be updated soon with the details.
Reader C. drove by Half and N today, and reports: "From what I could see, there were about 10 wooden picnic tables, a 1-foot high stage with all kinds of wires and microphones, and a couple of big white open-air tents." (Darn, I miss the old days of construction web cams.)
You can read my report
from the ANC meeting earlier this month where the neighborhood was briefed on what to expect from this new offering, but here's a bit of self-plagarizing from that post:
"This is the "beer garden" that caused a bit of a stir
last week, and representatives of Akridge, Georgetown Events
, and Headfirst Sports
were on hand to explain their concept to the ANC. A document handed out describes it as a space with "a large tent that will include a beverage station, a temporary stage for live music, porta johns, tables with seating, possible baseball netting cages for live instruction, and a children's activity area." It would be open on game days beginning three hours before game time and ending two hours after (or before midnight regardless of whether the game is over). The newly erected 12-foot-high wooden fence would surround the site, with one entrance where IDs will be checked and bracelets given to those 21 and older, with up to 12 security employees on hand. There would be food from third-party vendors as well as Georgetown Events
' own restaurants (Surfside
, and the Rookery
). There's also the possibility of activities in the space (such as farmers' markets or other events) on non-gamedays, though the lease for the space ends at the beginning of November.
(named by Sports Illustrated for Kids as the "Best Summer Camp in the Entire Washington Area") is planning to run in the park a "variety of games, contests, and competitions as well as small clinic and group instruction aimed at teaching young Nationals fans how to play and love baseball and softball." The operator of Headfirst also made clear his interest in working with youth groups from the neighborhood in sessions apart from the gameday activities."