Dear PoPville – What’s Going on at Wangari Gardens?


“Dear PoPville,

Have you heard any word on what is happening on the southwest corner of the lot (the corner of Irving St. and Park Rd.) where Wangari Gardens is (west of the Washington Hospital Center)? We’ve seen a ton of trucks, digging, etc. and curious if it is anything more than just some city workers working on water or sewer pipes or the like.”

The folks from Wangari Gardens share:

“DC Water is building a rain garden at Wangari Gardens and a bunch all around the area to help mitigate stormwater damage. They worked with us and had a community meeting to create a design at Wangari Gardens that wouldn’t go against previously express community interests like preserving the large field for recreation purposes. Once the construction is done in March the rain gardens at wangari gardens will be small and not encroaching into the field. Another reason too things look so crazy is they are storing all the equipment for all the gardens at Wangari Gardens. DC Water will restore everything when they are done.”

[“It is north of Howard University, west of the Washington Hospital Center/Children’s Medical Center, south of the US Soldiers’ Home, and east of the Parkview and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods. The site is in Ward 5, but borders Ward 1.”]