Thanks to Charles for sending:

“Around Dupont Circle today. Azaleas, hydrangeas, & some other kind of bushes. First I thought: new homes for the rats. Then I saw they were putting wire mesh first & then making holes in the mesh to put the plants through before covering the mesh with some soil. Will this meshwork keep the rats from burrowing? Won’t the rats just dig under at the edges?”

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From the Treasury Department:

“Lafayette Park Closures

The National Park Service will conduct temporary closures of Lafayette Park in staggered phases for planned irrigation system, turf upgrades, and fountain renovations until November 30. Fencing and signs will indicate the off limit areas of the park. Pedestrians will still be able to access the sidewalks along Pennsylvania Avenue, H Street, Madison Place and Jackson Place.”

But don’t stop making signs:

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From the National Parks Service:

“The National Park Service has awarded a contract to Parkeon, USA, to install parking meters on streets and parking areas on the National Mall. Installation of the 90 multi-space pay stations will begin on or about May 1, with operation and enforcement of the meters scheduled for June 12. The new metered parking will create more frequent turnover of limited parking spaces; encourage the use of public transit; and provide revenue to create and improve affordable visitor transportation.

Parking costs under the new metered system will be $2 per hour, and will be in effect from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily (including weekends and holidays). Pay stations will accept credit cards and debit cards; payment can also be made via the Parkmobile app or website. The District of Columbia’s Department of Public Works parking enforcement officers will enforce the meters. (more…)

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From a press release (h/t Bradley Peniston):

“Georgetown Heritage has selected James Corner Field Operations, the celebrated urban design and landscape architecture firm known for New York City’s High Line, to develop the Georgetown Canal Plan, a comprehensive master plan for a one-mile section of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) in Georgetown. The National Park Service (NPS), Georgetown Heritage, and the D.C. Office of Planning will work with the community to restore, reimagine and revitalize this treasured historic place. (more…)

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Photo of Lynda Carter by Pablo Raw

For folks who were bummed about the changes implemented last year, look away! Though perhaps this is a good opportunity to reasses the under utilization of Carter Barron and maybe this’ll come out better all around when repairs are made.

From NPS:

“As the result of a recent structural assessment, the National Park Service has determined that the Carter Barron Amphitheatre stage has structural deficiencies and cannot safely support the weight of performances. This means there will not be concerts or other performances at the Carter Barron this summer.

We know how much the community loves the Carter Barron, and we are working to get it back in action as soon as possible. We invite you to join us for concerts at Fort Dupont Park’s Summer Theatre while we address this important safety issue.

We will continue to share information as we have it. Updates will be posted here on our website.

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Which option are you pursuing, and why?

We investigated options, including short- and long-term repairs, and determined that rehabilitating the stage (Option 3) is the best choice. This option would ensure that the amphitheatre meets all current codes and is accessible for all, and it would last for 75 to 100 years.

We remain committed to finding solutions to preserve this amphitheatre and will keep you informed as we move forward.”

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via Amigos Park’s Facebook

“Dear PoPville,

Have you heard about this? Looks great — the communal gathering space in front of the 7-11 in Mt Pleasant is going to be turned into a proper park:

“Amigos park is a design+build public space initiative in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC.”

OP also passes on a note from NextDoor that says: “”A group of neighbors are working with Open Architecture DC and Green Spaces for DC to design and build a pocket park next to 7-11 at the NW corner of Mount Pleasant and Kenyon.”” Updates as plans progress.