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  • This will be a big upgrade — if only we could have a similar redesign at the 11th and Monroe Park! Last really blighted “green” space left in the area with no imminent plans for improvement …

  • It’s hard to tell from the drawing and I didn’t have time to cross the street when I was over there earlier today to look at it, but will it be fenced in? All of it? Any of it? PoP, you took the picture, can you shed a bit of light on that?

  • Prince Of Petworth

    The sign said there will be new fencing. Not sure exactly how much new fencing that entails but I think it’s the zigzagged line between the bushes.

  • From the design it looks like it will be fenced in, but a good portion of the fence folds back during the daytime hours (when it is open), so that it wont look like too much of a cage. When I first heard the fence idea I was pretty concerned. This made me feel better though. It will also have bathrooms, which I thought was an interesting touch. Not sure how that will play out.

  • mmm…. I don’t know about the fountain. Whenever I walk by there it seems to smell like urine… do we really want a fountain there? I don’t know, but it will be nice for it to be fixed up a bit. It will certainly make my walks to Dunkin’ Donuts more pleasant.

  • Cool. A much nicer environment for the thugs and drug dealers to hang out in and intimidate passers by!

  • Yes, it’s a nice design, but overall it just seems like shifting around the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  • Lipstick on a pig anyone? Sorry to be a neysayer, but does it really matter? Does anyone expect the improvements to last long? Does anyone use this park? Will anyone use this park?

  • Agreed with Mr. T’s cynicism. Hopefully locked fences around the park will abate illegal activity at night and public restrooms will do something about its current use as an outdoor toilet, but it seems like park design only touches the tip of that iceberg. Not to conjure up the ghost of Sarah Palin, but something about putting lipstick on a pig comes to mind.

  • Maybe they’ll put some kind of dye or chemical in the fountain’s water like that condo at 14th & V had to do.

    There actually used to be bathrooms in a bunch of area parks. Dupont had one just to the west of the park opposite the PNC bank as did Malcolm X park – we don’t really need to go into what either of those ended up being used for before they shut them down…

  • It’s not my neighborhood, but if it were, I would fight the locked gates. If you have any familiarity with DPR, you will know that they can’t even be counted on to pick up trash on a regular basis. Do you really think that they will remember to lock/unlock the gates each and every day of the year? Doubt it. So therefore you’ll have a lovely new park that people won’t get to use on a regular basis because DPR is the worst department in the whole city….WORST!!! And it doesn’t matter that the headquarters is just a couple of blocks away or that they have place over at 15th as well….one time I had to give an upper-level staff members directions to one of the parks in Adams Morgan…..I weep, I really do….

  • yes, people use the park, all the time.

    and I hope they level out the basketball court, because it currently currently collects all sorts of rainwater at one end.

  • Locked gates? leave that to NYC’s Gramercy Park, back to DC, play areas for children, chess boards, fountain as these amenities make a god park, look also for a possible doggy area if needed, and I think this is a good start.

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