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. Haines 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
1. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Last time there was a snow emergency Pablo.raw sent a photo of a Cadillac parked in Meridian Hill park. It’s back. So bizarre. Is there any scenario where this is legit? Could it be a park employee’s car?
“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.
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."]
“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.
“You might want to check out Shaw’s new playground at the Kennedy Rec Center at the corner of P and 7th St NW. Massively improved and pretty impressive!”
Indeed – it is awesome – and I was super psyched to see the beautifully restored horseshoe pits! And in addition to the new and improved playgrounds they also have a spray park, brand new tennis court and basketball courts and exercise stations. The play ground is located at 7th and P St, NW across from the new Shaw Giant.
For the last few Tuesdays we have been hearing extremely loud noises, sort of like short explosions or shotguns, coming from Rock Creek Park (near Adams Morgan/Kalorama/the horse stables). Any idea what is going on? It is making our dog freak out!”
Maybe it’s related to what a member of the Cleveland Park listserv wrote:
“Once again, those of us who live adjacent to the Zoo were treated to a dawn wake-up call of workers making non-stop noise on the service road. This time, it appears to have been multiple leaf blowers (or something similar with hoses and loud motors switching on/off) going up and down the road, lasting from around 5:15AM until at least 6:50AM. These activities not only broke the law re: permitted start time for non-emergency work, they showed utter disregard for the nearby community.”