Photo by PoPville flickr user Joseph Leonardo

Been getting tons of queries about the Meridian Hill Park fountain status – here’s an update from the National Park Service:

“We had to turn off the fountain over the weekend while we worked to repair a water main pipe that burst last week.

We also discovered an electronic issue is causing the fountain not to function properly – it isn’t regulating the incoming water quite right, and the automatic mechanism that shuts the pump down isn’t working, so if we let the fountain run unattended, there’s a chance it could pump itself dry.

The good news is, the pump is running properly, and we can separate the upper section from the lower cascades, so we’ve turned off the upper section and are running the lower section during the day while we work on fixing the issue. You will probably see National Park Service staff and the fountain specialists we’ve brought in working on the fountain if you’re in the park. We hope to get the cascades up and running this week.


From a press release:

“In the spirit of bringing people together outside, REI is offering free REI Outdoor School classes and outings the weekend of July 30-31st. There are opportunities for beginners and seasoned adventurers to rekindle a connection to the outdoors. Residents are encouraged to bring old friends, make new ones and be reminded of the power of getting outdoors together.

REI is hosting its most popular classes for the free weekend of adventures, including: (more…)

lotus festival
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

From the National Park Service:

July 16, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Find Your Park in the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens at the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival! Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and global culture with FREE activities for the whole family:

See a spectacular display of lotus and water lilies in full bloom!
Enjoy gardening workshops & traditional Asian & African dancing performances!
Hands-on activities including face painting, lotus tea tasting, and painting demonstrations!
Visit educational and cultural exhibitors and much more!

Public transportation is the best way to get to the Lotus and Water Lily Festival. Satellite parking is available at Kenilworth Park and at the Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center, and a free shuttle service will run between those parking areas, the Minnesota Ave Metro Station, and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Accessible parking is available at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. [1550 Anacostia Ave NE]”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin


“Dear PoPville,

Any word on whats going on at Meridian Hill Park. For weeks no landscaping was done, there was trash everywhere and the grass was overgrown. They have since mowed but there is still no water in the fountains? Will the fountains be turned on at all this summer?”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joseph Leonardo

From the National Park Service:

“Meridian Hill Park’s fountain is the longest cascading fountain in North America, and it has a specialized pump motor. When we de-winterized the fountain, we discovered that the pump motor needed repairing, and because it’s so specialized, it needed more work than anticipated. We just awarded a contract this week to complete the repair of the pump motor. We expect the work to be completed and the pump installed within the next 6 weeks. We know how much the community loves this fountain, and we’re working to get it up and running as soon as possible.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ian Livingston

Now that the inside is looking good… From a press release:

“Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) and the National Park Service’s National Mall and Memorial Parks announced today that the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at the entrance to Union Station is competing for a share of $2 million in grants under the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Partners in Preservation program. In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, the 2016 Partners in Preservation: National Parks campaign will award grants to historic sites in need of preservation within national parks, as decided by popular vote. Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This is the first national campaign in the program’s 10-year history. (more…)

family fishing

From DOEE:

“On May 14, more than 300 kids and volunteer fishing instructors will take to a specially stocked part of the C&O Canal near Fletcher’s Boathouse for the Department of Energy and Environment’s 9th annual Family & Youth Casting Call.

The Family and Youth Casting Call provides DC-area youth the opportunity to try their hand at fishing with the assistance of free expert instructors. Bait and loaner fishing gear are provided at no cost. In addition to fishing, the event includes several environmental education activities from fish printing and knot tying to fly casting and fly tying instruction. There will also be a fish planking demonstration and the opportunity for participants to learn about the American Shad, an important native fish. Local conservation organizations will be on hand to provide information on the District’s local aquatic resources and how residents can get involved in preserving and protecting these important environmental assets. (more…)


Thanks to Vann-Di M. Galloway, DTM, Commissioner, Single Member District 4C06 for sharing:

“The Department of Parks and Recreation has plans for the property bound by 13th Street, Kansas Avenue and Quincy Street, NW. The District proposes turning the rarely used triangular plot into a ‘Zen Garden Space’ with a north-south permeable walkway and a recessed circle with a stone wall for sitting.

Check out the full PDF of the plans: DPR-Zen-Presentation

riverfront row
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Wilfong

Capitol Riverfront BID has released A Letter from the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District:

“Good afternoon:

We are writing to you as patrons and supporters of the Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series at Yards Park. We want to thank everyone who has attended the concert series and made it and Yards Park such a popular riverfront destination. The park has become what the creators of the Anacostia Waterfront Framework Plan envisioned back in 2003 – an opportunity for all to enjoy access to the Anacostia River through a beautiful public park.

Over the past five years, the popularity of the concerts has soared. Back in the summer of 2011, crowds averaged 100 people. Now the concerts routinely top 3,000 attendees, with one concert attracting over 5,000. As we continually evaluate the operation of the park and the concert series, we have considered annually whether the BYOB option is consistent with our park operations, and also whether it is operationally sustainable and insurable.

We discussed the likely changes with city officials and Capitol Riverfront stakeholders. The decision to omit the BYOB option, which occurred prior to any sponsorship decisions, was made for several important reasons, including: (more…)