03/31/14 5:00pm

Rock Creek

From an email:

“Rock Creek Park Extreme Cleanup Call for Volunteers and Leaders

On April 5, Rock Creek Conservancy — with your help­ — will have cleanup events at 70+ sites all over the Rock Creek watershed. In the past five years, volunteers have collected a combined total of over 12,000 bags of litter, 60 tons of junk, 800 tires, and 35,000 plastic bags. As a result of these efforts, many locations are much cleaner than before. This will be the sixth annual cleanup, and we need your help to make it the best ever. We want you alongside us this April.

What: Our goal is a total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates.
Where: Check out our Extreme Cleanup map to find a volunteer site near you. Most popular locations accessible by public transportation: Woodley Park Metro (Red Line); buses: Circulator, 96, L1, L2.
When: Saturday, April 5, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Why: Our goal is a total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates.”


03/07/14 4:20pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

To attempt to atone for last week’s unforgivable omission of Rock Creek Park – here are the 13 greatest outdoor spaces in DC (excluding the Mall and anyone who has a roof deck). This list was in no way influenced by the consumption of FEW Rye Whiskey:

13. Rock Creek Park, obviously, but also the streets that surround her in Forest Hills and Crestwood especially
12. Smaller parks – Meridian Hill Park, Lincoln Park, Crispus Attucks Park
11. All the circles but especially Grant and his gorgeous tree, of course
10. St. Elizabeth’s Campus and the view from the nearby Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
9. That little grotto by the Capitol
8. Hains Point
7. Hillwood and Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
6. Kingman Island, Teddy Roosevelt Island
5. By our rivers – Yards Park, Georgetown Waterfront, SW Waterfront river trail
4. Franciscan monastery
3. Rock Creek Cemetery, Congressional Cemetery
2. Arboretum
1. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

02/26/14 4:00pm


From the National Park Service:

“A range of concept design alternatives have been developed to respond to the project purpose, address the project need and study options that minimize impacts on natural, historic and cultural resources. In addition, the alternatives incorporate desired park uses and programs prioritized both from public comments submitted to NPS and feedback received at the Franklin Park Public Scoping Meeting.

We are interested in hearing your input on restoring and transforming Franklin Park, specifically your comments on the proposed concept designs alternatives.

Comment Period: 02/12/2014 – 03/14/2014

You can see all the proposals below:

Franklin Square Park Proposals (PDF)

14th and K Street, NW today

01/17/14 1:15pm


“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."]

01/14/14 5:00pm


Thanks to a reader for sending:

“The National Park Service is planning to undertake Phase V of the preservation of Meridian Hill Park. We are proposing to continue repairs to the exposed aggregate concrete throughout the park, stabilize historic features, and install an American Disability Act (ADA) accessible entrance into the lower level of the park.

Please join us at the following Open House:

January 14, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Moshe Zusman Photograph Studio
1401 Florida Avenue, N.W. (corner of 14th Street and Florida Avenue, N.W.)”

You can read more about Meridian Hill Park-Phase V here.