D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has a new home in the city’s U Street corridor.

At a news conference last week, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Jesús Aguirre said the new DPR central office is now at 1250 U St., N.W.

The move is designed to improve service delivery to residents and provide improved working conditions for employees, they said.

DPR headquarters had been at 3149 16th St.,N.W. since 1942.

“DPR is an integral part of the fabric of every community in the District and critical to the well-being of all residents,” Gray said, adding that the unveiling of the new facility “marks an important step in the transformation of this agency into a focused organization that creates and promotes safe, educational, recreational activities, facilities and green spaces.”

The news conference also marked the release of DPR’s 2012 Spring/Summer Guide, which lists hundreds of activities for residents of all ages, including information on camps, swimming pools, movie nights, aquatic programs, teen programs, senior services, nutritional services, and therapeutic recreation.

“Here at DPR, we touch all areas of the Mayor’s agenda for the District – including education, job creation and training, public safety, engaging our young people and practicing fiscal responsibility,” Aguirre said. “The work to transform our agency is the result of extensive research into best practices by peer agencies and the necessity to continually adapt to our residents’ needs. We aim to become a national benchmark for how parks-and-recreation agencies function.”